cycad

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Etymology[edit]

From New Latin Cycas (genus of tropical trees)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsʌɪkəd/, /ˈsʌɪkad/

Noun[edit]

cycad (plural cycads)

  1. (botany) Any plant of the division Cycadophyta, as the sago palm, etc.
    • 1933, Clark Ashton Smith, ‘Ubbo-Sathla’:
      Then, after incomputable years, he was no longer man but a man-like beast, roving in forests of giant fern and calamite, or building an uncouth nest in the boughs of mighty cycads.
    • 2000, JG Ballard, Super-Cannes, Fourth Estate 2011, p. 7:
      I began to count the pools, each a flare of turquoise light lost behind the high walls of the villas with their screens of cycads and bougainvillaea.

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