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cycad

Syllabification: cy·cad
Pronunciation: /ˈsīkəd, ˈsīˌkad
 
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Definition of cycad in English:

noun

A palmlike plant of tropical and subtropical regions, bearing large male or female cones. Cycads were abundant during the Triassic and Jurassic eras, but have since been in decline.
  • Class Cycadopsida, subdivision Gymnospermae: twenty species in the genus Cycas and family Cycadaceae
Example sentences
  • Modern cycads are tropical plants whose ancestors can be traced in the fossil record for about 300 million years.
  • A few species of cycads still exist in tropical and sub-tropical regions today, and although they are used as ornamental plants some of them are facing possible extinction.
  • Instead of ponderosa pines, the dominant plants were cycads, which resemble tree ferns.

Origin

mid 19th century: from modern Latin Cycas, Cycad- (order name), from supposed Greek kukas, scribal error for koikas, plural of koix 'Egyptian palm'.

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