cyclamen

[ sahy-kluh-muh n, -men, sik-luh- ]
/ ˈsaɪ klə mən, -ˌmɛn, ˈsɪk lə- /

noun

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

1540–50; < New Latin, Medieval Latin < Greek kyklámīnos bulbous plant, akin to kýklos cycle
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cyclamen

/ (ˈsɪkləmən, -ˌmɛn) /

noun

any Old World plant of the primulaceous genus Cyclamen, having nodding white, pink, or red flowers, with reflexed petalsSee also sowbread

adjective

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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