Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • 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

Etymologies

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)

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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."

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  • 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.

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  • Everything is beautifully organised, from the tomatoes above to the potted cyclamen below, with not a single weed nor a leaf out of place.

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  • 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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