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[sahy-kluh-muh n, -men, sik-luh-] /ˈsaɪ klə mən, -ˌmɛn, ˈsɪk lə-/
any low-growing plant of the genus Cyclamen, belonging to the primrose family, having tuberous rootstocks and nodding white, purple, pink, or crimson flowers with reflexed petals.
Origin of cyclamen
1540-50; < New Latin, Medieval Latin < Greek kyklámīnos bulbous plant, akin to kýklos cycle Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cyclamen
  • White cyclamen appear to flutter above silvery dusty-miller foliage and eucalyptus pods.
  • Supplement existing plants, such as the azaleas and ferns pictured above, with an edging of white cyclamen.
  • The long bike rides with stops to pick wild strawberries or sweet-smelling cyclamen.
  • Now that colder weather is upon us, the gaily colorful cyclamen is showing up at garden centers, florists and other stores.
  • Leaves may be crinkled, thickened and distorted by cyclamen mites.
  • cyclamen falls into the toxic category because it can cause gastric upset if ingested.
  • cyclamen are commonly grown for their flowers, both outdoors and indoors in pots.
  • Many cyclamen are also propagated in nurseries without harm to the wild plants.
British Dictionary definitions for cyclamen


/ˈsɪkləmən; -ˌmɛn/
any Old World plant of the primulaceous genus Cyclamen, having nodding white, pink, or red flowers, with reflexed petals See also sowbread
of a dark reddish-purple colour
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin, from Latin cyclamīnos, from Greek kuklaminos, probably from kuklos circle, referring to the bulb-like roots
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Word Origin and History for cyclamen

1550s, from Medieval Latin cyclamen, from Latin cyclaminos, from Greek kyklaminos, from kyklos "circle" (see cycle (n.)). So called in reference to the bulbous shape of the root.

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