Definition of sowbread in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsaʊbrɛd/


A cyclamen with pale pink or white flowers and leaves that do not appear until late summer after flowering, native to southern Eurasia.
  • Cyclamen hederifolium, family Primulaceae
Example sentences
  • We can also found the rare purple sowbread here, as well as martagon lily, and sweet mezereon.
  • Among the interesting forest plant species are for instance the rose sowbread, and the mighty stalks of the false hellebore.
  • If you wanted something brighter, you could look at a mix of the sowbreads, Cyclamen hederifolium and Cyclamen coum.


Mid 16th century: so named because the roots are reputedly eaten by wild boars in Sicily.

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