Definition of cyclamen in English:

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cyclamen

Pronunciation: /ˈsīkləmən/
Pronunciation: /ˈsikləmən/

noun (plural same or cyclamens)

1A European plant of the primrose family, having pink, red, or white flowers with backward-curving petals and widely grown as a winter-flowering houseplant.
  • Genus Cyclamen, family Primulaceae: several species.
Example sentences
  • Some of my favorite windowsill plants include many varieties of trailing ivy, African violets, primroses, pansies and violets, geraniums, gloxinias, cyclamens, coleus, kalonchoes, peperomias, and heartleaf philodendrons.
  • Their soil must contain sufficient humus and be rich in calcium, but the idea that cyclamens need a lot of moisture is a misconception.
  • Very early spring is one of the best times to visit the garden - not only are the snowdrops and cyclamen flowering, but the foliage of certain conifers is more golden than at other times of year.
1.1A pinkish-purple color.
Example sentences
  • The jersey reserved to the points classification leader was first red, and changed to cyclamen in 1970.
  • The beauty of them hanging and casting a mystic light filtered through pink, vermillion, yellow or cyclamen into the dark night is breath-taking.

Origin

Modern Latin, from Latin cyclaminos, from Greek kuklaminos, perhaps from kuklos 'circle', with reference to its bulbous roots.

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Syllabification: cy·cla·men

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