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[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


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/.
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Examples from the Web for cyclas

Historical Examples of cyclas

  • A genus composed of Cyclas amnica, and other similar species.

    A Conchological Manual

    George Brettingham Sowerby

  • Hosen, shirts, cyclas, and under-jupons are in the brown basket on the left side of the mule.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • With patience and a little skill, bivalves as small as Cyclas cornea may be treated in this way.

  • Sometimes this gland is found in the young and not in the adult (Anodonta, Unio, Cyclas).

  • It is many years since I have looked at a fresh-water shell, but I should have said that the shell was Cyclas cornea.

British Dictionary definitions for cyclas


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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