[sahy-kas, -kuh s]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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!


    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.