cycas

[sahy-kas, -kuh s]
noun
  1. any of several palmlike Old World tropical plants of the genus Cycas, some species of which are cultivated as ornamentals in warm climates.

Origin of cycas

From New Latin; see origin at cycad
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Examples from the Web for cycas

Historical Examples of cycas

  • The best known of the genera is that of Cycas, of which an illustration is given in fig. 74.

    Ancient Plants

    Marie C. Stopes

  • It is a 'cycas revoluta,' of which I have a picture in our dictionary of Natural History!

    Abandoned

    Jules Verne

  • From the nuts of the Cycas circinalis, the Singalese prepare an inferior kind of starch, by pounding the fresh kernels.

  • The fruit of the Cycas angulata forms the principal food of the Australian aborigines during a portion of the year.

  • The next day the settlers went to collect some, and returned to Granite House with an ample supply of cycas stems.