sowbread

noun

Definition of sowbread

: a common wild cyclamen (Cyclamen europeaum) of central Europe having leaves that are dark green spotted with white above and carmine or white flowers : a related European herb (Cyclamen neapolitanum) often cultivated for its showy rose or white flowers

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History and Etymology for sowbread

sow entry 1 + bread; from the fact that its rootstocks are eaten by swine

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“Sowbread.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sowbread. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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