sowbread

sowbread

[sou-bred]
noun
any of several species of cyclamen, especially Cyclamen hederifolium, a low-growing Old World plant having mottled leaves and pink or white flowers.

Origin:
1540–50; sow2 + bread; so called because the roots are sought after by hogs

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sowbread (ˈsaʊˌbrɛd)
 
n
See also cyclamen a S European primulaceous plant, Cyclamen hederifolium, with heart-shaped leaves and pink nodding flowers
 
[C16: from sow² + bread, based on Medieval Latin panis porcinus; the tuberous roots are eaten by swine]

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