Definify.com

Webster 1913 Edition


Cycad

Cy′cad

(sī′kăd)
,
Noun.
(Bot.)
Any plant of the natural order
Cycadaceæ
, as the sago palm, etc.

Definition 2021


cycad

cycad

English

Noun

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.

Derived terms

See also