- any of several species of cyclamen, especially Cyclamen hederifolium, a low-growing Old World plant having mottled leaves and pink or white flowers.
Origin of sowbread
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- a S European primulaceous plant, Cyclamen hederifolium, with heart-shaped leaves and pink nodding flowersSee also cyclamen (def. 1)
C16: from sow ² + bread, based on Medieval Latin panis porcinus; the tuberous roots are eaten by swine
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