[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
1540–50; < New Latin, Medieval Latin < Greek kyklámīnos bulbous plant, akin to kýklos cycle
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Examples from the Web for cyclamen
The Cyclamen and Dodecatheon lay their ears back like a vicious horse.Old-Time Gardens
Alice Morse Earle
Better to place these pots of cyclamen on the window-sill, Mademoiselle, if you please.The Disturbing Charm
Then taking a cyclamen from her mother's shoulder, she rose and offered it to the Professor.The Patriot
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.
- 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
C16: from Medieval Latin, from Latin cyclamīnos, from Greek kuklaminos, probably from kuklos circle, referring to the bulb-like roots
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper