cy·​cla·​men | \ ˈsī-klə-mən How to pronounce cyclamen (audio) , ˈsi- \

Definition of cyclamen

: any of a genus (Cyclamen) of Old World plants of the primrose family having showy nodding flowers

Examples of cyclamen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My mother has another, less well-publicized and less debated over possession, a cyclamen. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "From sour cream coffee cake to cyclamen plants, why carrying on family legacies is tricky," 21 Feb. 2020 Now my mother has had her florist cyclamen for decades. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "From sour cream coffee cake to cyclamen plants, why carrying on family legacies is tricky," 21 Feb. 2020 Jean Natter, OSU Extension Master Gardener A: This is a cyclamen, probably Cyclamen hederifolium, a hardy clump-forming plant that slowly enlarges., "How to control cutworm caterpillars in the garden: Ask an expert," 17 Feb. 2018 One covering strategy that worked and should be repeated was applying a single sheet of insulate or a blanket over the cyclamen bed. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "So many freezing days, so much garden damage," 19 Jan. 2018 The slope is retained by logs; rocks; steps; and plantings of ornamental grasses and ground covers like ferns, cyclamen, hepaticas and native trillium. Valerie Easton, The Seattle Times, "A Maury Island hillside garden was a lot of work to create, and it’s a lot of work to tour," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of cyclamen

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cyclamen

New Latin, genus name, from Greek kyklaminos

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The first known use of cyclamen was circa 1550

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16 May 2020

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“Cyclamen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cyclamen

: a plant that has flowers with large white, pink, or red petals that hang downward

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