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A cycad.


From New Latin Cycas (genus of tropical trees)


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


cycad (plural cycads)

  1. (botany) Any plant of the division Cycadophyta, having a stout and woody trunk with a crown of large, hard and stiff, evergreen leaves.
    • 1872, Henry Alleyne Nicholson, A Manual of Palaeontology for the Use of Students with a General Introduction on the Principles of Palaeontology:
      As has been already remarked, the occurrence of genuine Cycads in the Carboniferous vegetation has not been demonstrated, and the same holds good of all the Palaeozoic floras. True Cycads, therefore, so far as known, make their first appearance in the Trias, at the commencement of the Mesozoic period, where they are represented by the genera Pterophyllum, Zamites, and Podozamites.
    • 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, published 2011, page 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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