Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small genus of bulbous primulaceous plants, natives of southern Europe and western Asia.
  • noun [lowercase] A plant of the genus Cyclamen.
  • noun Same as cyclamin, 2.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of various flowering plants, of the genus Cyclamen, widely cultivated as a houseplant, having decorative leaves and solitary flowers

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

  • noun 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

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Cyclamen, genus name, from Latin cyclamīnos, from Greek kuklamīnos, probably from kuklos, circle, wheel (perhaps from its bulbous roots); see cycle.]

Examples

  • I've known for a long time, in a rather abstract way, that sowbread is the common name for cyclamen.

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  • I've known for a long time, in a rather abstract way, that sowbread is the common name for cyclamen.

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  • I've known for a long time, in a rather abstract way, that sowbread is the common name for cyclamen.

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  • Winterrowd described their new book as "50 chapters about various plants that have been special to our long gardening life, such as cyclamen, agapanthus, tender rhododendrons, etc., and some rarer ones such as Xanthorrhoea quadrangulata, a single huge potted specimen of which we have owned for thirty years."

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  • Winterrowd described their new book as "50 chapters about various plants that have been special to our long gardening life, such as cyclamen, agapanthus, tender rhododendrons, etc., and some rarer ones such as Xanthorrhoea quadrangulata, a single huge potted specimen of which we have owned for thirty years."

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  • 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.

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  • Pink: chardron; cyclamen; flesh/nude; fuchsia; glycine; petunia; pink (qua pink); rose (32); salmon; shell, and vieux rose/vieux rose saxe;

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  • Inbetween the spaces of the silver are clusters of cyclamen pink and mauve feathers.

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  • Pink: chardron; cyclamen; flesh/nude; fuchsia; glycine; petunia; pink (qua pink); rose (32); salmon; shell, and vieux rose/vieux rose saxe;

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  • Inbetween the spaces of the silver are clusters of cyclamen pink and mauve feathers.

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