American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various plants of the genus Cyclamen, especially a Mediterranean species (C. persicum) widely cultivated as a houseplant, having decorative leaves and showy, variously colored flowers with reflexed petals.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small genus of bulbous primulaceous plants, natives of southern Europe and western Asia. They are low herbs with very handsome flowers, and are favorite greenhouse-plants. The fleshy tubers, though acrid, are greedily sought after by swine; hence the vulgar name sowbread.
- n. [lowercase] A plant of the genus Cyclamen.
- n. Same as cyclamin, 2.
- n. Any of various flowering plants, of the genus Cyclamen, widely cultivated as a houseplant, having decorative leaves and solitary flowers
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of plants of the Primrose family, having depressed rounded corms, and pretty nodding flowers with the petals so reflexed as to point upwards, whence it is called
rabbits' ears. It is also called sow bread, because hogs are said to eat the corms.
- n. Mediterranean plant widely cultivated as a houseplant for its showy dark green leaves splotched with silver and nodding white or pink to reddish flowers with reflexed petals
- New Latin Cyclamen, genus name, from Latin cyclamīnos, from Greek kuklamīnos, probably from kuklos, circle, wheel (perhaps from its bulbous roots); see cycle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I've known for a long time, in a rather abstract way, that sowbread is the common name for cyclamen.”
“Pink: chardron; cyclamen; flesh/nude; fuchsia; glycine; petunia; pink (qua pink); rose (32); salmon; shell, and vieux rose/vieux rose saxe;”
“Inbetween the spaces of the silver are clusters of cyclamen pink and mauve feathers.”
“If you ever wanted to know how to check cyclamen for fungal growth, or what makes your parsnips fork so unattractively, then this gently pastoral series is just what you've been looking for.”
“In the ivy which covers the remains of an old garden in the woods, a single pinky-purple flower of cyclamen is all that remains of a once vivid colony.”
“As he explained in an email, the source is "too often judged as odorless; I wished to reveal its perfume, which hesitates between notes of cyclamen or cold rose, orange tree blossom and mandarin.”
“If cut flowers strike you as too ephemeral, perhaps you'd prefer giving a houseplant such as amaryllis, cyclamen, African violet, paper-white narcissus, orchid, Boston fern, florist hydrangea, hibiscus, crown of thorns Euphorbia milii or spider plant.”
“Everything is beautifully organised, from the tomatoes above to the potted cyclamen below, with not a single weed nor a leaf out of place.”
“Hermann Obrist (1862-1927) wasknown among art nouveau circles as the inventor of the "whiplash"; a sinuous flourish of hairpin curves inspired by cyclamen stems that became a standard motifoffin-de-siècle design.”
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