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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The cyclamen and Dodecatheon lay their ears back like a vicious horse.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • Better to place these pots of cyclamen on the window-sill, Mademoiselle, if you please.

  • Then taking a cyclamen from her mother's shoulder, she rose and offered it to the Professor.

    The Patriot

    Antonio Fogazzaro
  • She carried with her a Noah's Ark, and a precious pot of cyclamen.

    The Tin Soldier

    Temple Bailey
  • After Derry had gone, Miss Emily stood looking at the cyclamen on the shelf.

    The Tin Soldier

    Temple Bailey
  • cyclamen, sik′l-men, n. a genus of Primulace, native to southern Europe.

  • For a flower that does hide itself, take a lily of the valley, or the bell of a grape hyacinth, or a cyclamen.

    Proserpina, Volume 2 John Ruskin
  • There are several varieties of cyclamen, but the most common is persicum, and many catalogues name no other.

    Talks about Flowers. M. D. Wellcome
  • On a small plateau near by a thousand cyclamen, white and pink, had lifted their wings as if to fly away.

    The Front Yard Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • The shooting-star, a near relative of the cyclamen, is as thick upon the earth as stars up in the sky.

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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