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

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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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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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