[sahy-kluh-muh n, -men, sik-luh-]
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
< New Latin, Medieval Latin
< Greek kyklámīnos
bulbous plant, akin to kýklos cycle
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Examples from the Web for cyclamen
Historical Examples of cyclamen
The Cyclamen and Dodecatheon lay their ears back like a vicious horse.
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.
She carried with her a Noah's Ark, and a precious pot of cyclamen.
After Derry had gone, Miss Emily stood looking at the cyclamen on the shelf.
British Dictionary definitions for cyclamen
any Old World plant of the primulaceous genus Cyclamen, having nodding white, pink, or red flowers, with reflexed petalsSee also sowbread
of a dark reddish-purple colour
Word Origin for cyclamen
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.
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