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cyclamen

[sahy-kluh-muh n, -men, sik-luh-] /ˈsaɪ klə mən, -ˌmɛn, ˈsɪk lə-/
noun
1.
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
1540-1550
1540-50; < New Latin, Medieval Latin < Greek kyklámīnos bulbous plant, akin to kýklos cycle
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cyclamen

/ˈsɪkləmən; -ˌmɛn/
noun
1.
any Old World plant of the primulaceous genus Cyclamen, having nodding white, pink, or red flowers, with reflexed petals See also sowbread
adjective
2.
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
n.

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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