cy·​cla·​men ˈsī-klə-mən How to pronounce cyclamen (audio)
: 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 Add a pop of color to those dreary winter days with a cyclamen plant in your home. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 31 Jan. 2023 Persian violet is actually a cyclamen (Cyclamen coum) that can begin flowering as early as December, but usually produces its best show in February and early March. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Dec. 2022 Flowering plants such as azalea, kalanchoe, cyclamen and amaryllis are good gifts to give during the winter. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 4 Dec. 2022 Most will stay on the small side, but cyclamen can eventually grow to just over a foot tall. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Aug. 2022 This musky, floral and clean scent combines bergamot, jasmine, neroli, orange flower and cyclamen with sandalwood, blonde wood and white musk. Kristin Corpuz, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 June 2022 Purple anemones, red poppies, pink cyclamen, yellow and orange daisies. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 The cyclamen foliage has been unaffected by the cold, and even the blooms have escaped damage when they were covered by a layer of N-sulate fabric. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Jan. 2022 The most spectacular addition in this category is the cyclamen. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin, genus name, going back to Medieval Latin ciclamin-, ciclamen, going back to Latin cyclamīnos, cyclamīnum, borrowed from Greek kyklámīnos, probably from kýklos "circle, wheel" + -aminos (as in sēsáminos "made of sesame," from sēsamê sesame + -inos, suffix of materials); so named from the round tuber of Cyclamen graecum — more at wheel entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cyclamen was circa 1550

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“Cyclamen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


cy·​cla·​men ˈsī-klə-mən How to pronounce cyclamen (audio)
: any of a genus of plants related to the primroses and often grown in pots for their showy nodding flowers

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