Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various palmlike gymnospermous cone-bearing evergreen plants of the division Cycadophyta, native to warm regions and having large pinnately compound leaves.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any plant of the division Cycadophyta, as the sago palm, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any plant of the natural order Cycadaceæ, as the sago palm, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the Cycadaceæ.
  • n. A fossil cycadean trunk belonging to either of the genera Cycadeoidea or Bennettites.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any tropical gymnosperm of the order Cycadales; having unbranched stems with a crown of fernlike leaves

Etymologies

New Latin Cycas, Cycad-, genus name, from Greek kukas, erroneous reading of koïkas, accusative pl. of koïx, a kind of palm tree, perhaps of Egyptian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin Cycas ("genus of tropical trees") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ms. Coelho, who not only can wax poetic about the female epiphytic cycad in the Botanical Garden's New World Lowland Rainforest exhibit or the incendiary Capsicum chinense peppers in the Edible Garden area but who also spars gamely with chipmunks on her own property, in Putnam Valley couldn't have been more generous with her time or patient with my level of horticultural idiocy.

    Growing Tomatoes With a Pro

  • The bird bends down to delicately lift an orangish fruit—the seed of a cycad?

    Birdology

  • One of the long-necked creatures neatly bit off the crown of a cycad and continued its lumbering progress with huge fronds dripping from its not too capacious mouth.

    Cattle Town

  • University of Utah scientists discovered a strange reproductive method in primitive cycad plants: The plants heat up and emit a toxic odor to drive pollen-covered insects out of male cycad cones, and then use a milder odor to draw the bugs into female cones so the plants are pollinated.

    October 7th, 2007

  • Patches of dry deciduous forests, especially along the Tirupathi Hill Ranges, are known for a large number of medicinal plants and various other species of botanical interest, among which are the rare endemic cycad (Cycas beddomei) and Psilotum nudum.

    Deccan thorn scrub forests

  • These are areas with high numbers of endemic plants and some very primitive species, such as the cycad Zamia.

    Rio Negro campinarana

  • International trade threatens a range of species, from birds such as the brownheaded parrot (Poicephalus cryptoxanthus) whose populations have been severely impacted by trapping for the cagebird trade, to plants such as the rare and localised Retief cycad (Encephalartos lebomboensis), which has been decimated by cycad collectors.

    Maputaland coastal forest mosaic

  • Other primitive plants include the cycad, Cycas rumphii, and the giant Agathis macrophylla and Dacrydium nausoriense.

    Fiji tropical moist forests

  • Aleurites moluccana, Ficus theophrastoides, areas of bamboo (Bambusa spp.), and the gymnosperms Podocarpus neriifolius, a cycad (Cycas seemannii), and Gymnostoma vitiense.

    Fiji tropical dry forests

  • The endemic cycad (Encephalartos turneri) is found on some of the surrounding inselbergs.

    Eastern Miombo woodlands

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