noun Etymology: New Latin Cycad-, Cycas, genus name, from Greek kykas, manuscript variant of koïkas, accusative plural of koïx, a kind of palm Date: 1845 any of an order (Cycadales) of dioecious cycadophytes that flourished especially during the Jurassic and are represented by four surviving families of palmlike tropical plants

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  • Cycad — Cy cad (s[imac] k[a^]d), n. (Bot.) Any plant of the natural order {Cycadace[ae]}, as the sago palm, etc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cycad — 1845, Mod.L. name, from Gk. kykas, a word found in Theophrastus, but now thought to be a scribal error for koikas palm trees, accusative plural of koix, a word from an unknown non Greek language …   Etymology dictionary

  • cycad — [sī′kad΄] n. [ModL Cycas (gen. Cycadis) < Gr kykas, erroneous sp. for koïkas, acc. pl. of koïx, doum palm] any of a class (Cycadatae) of gymnospermous tropical shrubs and trees resembling thick stemmed palms, with crowns of leathery, fernlike… …   English World dictionary

  • Cycad — Cycadophyta Temporal range: Early Permian–Recent …   Wikipedia

  • cycad — cycadlike, adj. /suy kad/, n. any gymnospermous plant of the order Cycadales, intermediate in appearance between ferns and the palms, many species having a thick, unbranched, columnar trunk bearing a crown of large, leathery, pinnate leaves.… …   Universalium

  • cycad — [ sʌɪkad] noun a tall, cone bearing, palm like plant of tropical and subtropical regions. [Genus Cycas, class Cycadopsida: several species.] Origin C19: from mod. L. Cycas, Cycad , from supposed Gk kukas, scribal error for koikas, plural of koix… …   English new terms dictionary

  • cycad — cy•cad [[t]ˈsaɪ kæd[/t]] n. pln any of several palmlike gymnospermous trees of the order Cycadales, having a thick trunk, leathery pinnate leaves, and large cones • Etymology: 1835–45; < NL Cycad , s. of Cycas genus name < Gk kýkas,… …   From formal English to slang

  • cycad — cikas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Cikinių (Cycadaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Cycas). atitikmenys: lot. Cycas angl. cycad; cycas; fern palm vok. Cycas; Palmfarn rus. саговник; цикас lenk. sagowiec …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • cycad — n. Bot. any of the palmlike plants of the order Cycadales (including fossil forms) inhabiting tropical and subtropical regions and often growing to a great height. Etymology: mod.L cycas, cycad f. supposed Gk kukas, scribal error for koikas, pl.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cycad — noun Any plant of the natural order Cycadaceae, as the sago palm, etc …   Wiktionary

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