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plural noun
  1. a group of Greek islands in the S Aegean. 1023 sq. mi. (2650 sq. km).
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Greek Ki·klá·dhes [kee-klah-th es] /kiˈklɑ ðɛs/.


[sik-luh s]
noun, plural cyc·la·des [sik-luh-deez] /ˈsɪk ləˌdiz/.
  1. a tunic or surcoat, longer in back than in front, worn over armor in the Middle Ages.
  2. a similar, full-length garment worn by women.
  3. a round robe with an elaborately ornamented border, worn by women in ancient Rome.
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Origin of cyclas

1825–35; < Medieval Latin, Latin < Greek kyklás, noun use of kyklás encircling, akin to kýklos cycle
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Historical Examples of cyclades

  • For of these islands, that is the Cyclades, not one was as yet subject to Dareios.

    The History Of Herodotus


  • Originally, there were said to be twelve Cyclades, but many others were added to them.

  • The island of Santorin or Thera, is the southernmost of the Cyclades.

  • I have seen it on Greek vases, and among the sailors of the Cyclades and on the Bosphorus.


    Norman Douglas

  • Figs are also abundant, especially in Messenia and in the Cyclades.

British Dictionary definitions for cyclades


pl n
  1. a group of over 200 islands in the S Aegean Sea, forming a department of Greece. Capital: Hermoupolis (Ermoupoli, on Syros). Pop: 112 615 (2001). Area: 2572 sq km (993 sq miles)Modern Greek name: Kikládhes
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