Definition of cyclamen in English:


nounPlural cyclamens

  • 1A European plant of the primrose family, having pink, red, or white flowers with backward-curving petals and grown as a winter-flowering pot plant.

    Genus Cyclamen, family Primulaceae: several species

    • ‘Primroses, cyclamen and Rieger begonias, however, will flower in bright shade.’
    • ‘I have one full bag of 100 miniature daffodils to plant, not to mention some cyclamen and about 100 miscellaneous other bulbs.’
    • ‘Outside her apartment is a collection of begonias and cyclamen and other colourful plants in pots.’
    • ‘You can use a combination of plants: primulas, cyclamen, heathers and ivy are all useful for winter colour.’
    • ‘In flower are red, white and various shades of pink cyclamen as well as daffodils.’
    • ‘Certain flowers, such as the beautiful cyclamen, are grown as cash crops in the developing world.’
    • ‘Under the dense canopy of a beech tree, it is possible to have different hardy cyclamen in flower every day of the year.’
    • ‘Amongst the many hardy cyclamen which are suitable for naturalizing are several which flower during spring and a number which produce their blossoms in autumn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, the process by which cyclamen set seed is unique, and a huge part of their charm.’
    • ‘If, like mine, your garden is very wet for most of the year, you could grow cyclamen and miniature tulips in well-drained compost.’
    • ‘Try bulbs that are prolific in winter months, such as tulips, narcissus, hyacinth, kalanchoe and cyclamen.’
    • ‘The sight of winter cyclamen's hot pink flowers on a frigid January day will warm your heart.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Early October has brought a fresh crop of flowers to the garden this year and the beds are filled with autumnal plants such as Rudbeckias, Michaelmas daisies, late roses, clematis and cyclamen.’
    • ‘The white winter flowering heather and pink cyclamen had faded but were soon replaced by violas, primulas and grape hyacinth.’
    • ‘Poinsettia, cyclamen and azaleas, along with many other seasonal favourites, are available in shops and garden centres everywhere at this time of year.’
    • ‘Tidy up winter containers by deadheading violas and cyclamen and removing dead leaves from ivy and other greenery.’
    • ‘For the hanging basket I chose three small-flowered cyclamen in shades of rich pink and several soft blue violas.’
    • ‘Their soil must contain sufficient humus and be rich in calcium, but the idea that cyclamens need a lot of moisture is a misconception.’
    1. 1.1mass noun A pinkish-purple colour.
      • ‘The beauty of them hanging and casting a mystic light filtered through pink, vermillion, yellow or cyclamen into the dark night is breath-taking.’
      • ‘The jersey reserved to the points classification leader was first red, and changed to cyclamen in 1970.’


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