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Any of various gymnospermous cone-bearing evergreen plants of the division Cycadophyta, native to warm regions and having large pinnately compound leaves.
[New Latin Cycas, Cycad-, genus name, from Greek kukas, erroneous reading of koïkas, accusative pl. of koïx, doum palm, from Egyptian ḳwḳw, fruit of the doum palm.]
(Plants) any tropical or subtropical gymnosperm plant of the phylum Cycadophyta, having an unbranched stem with fernlike leaves crowded at the top. See also sago palm2
[C19: from New Latin Cycas name of genus, from Greek kukas, scribe's error for koïkas, from koïx a kind of palm, probably of Egyptian origin]
any of several palmlike gymnospermous trees of the order Cycadales, having a thick trunk, leathery pinnate leaves, and large cones.
[1835–45; < New Latin Cycad-, s. of Cycas genus name < Greek kýkas, misspelling of kóïkas, acc. pl. of kóïx kind of palm]
Any of various cone-bearing evergreen plants that live in warm regions, have large feathery leaves, and resemble palm trees.
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|Noun||1.||cycad - any tropical gymnosperm of the order Cycadales; having unbranched stems with a crown of fernlike leaves|
gymnosperm - plants of the class Gymnospermae having seeds not enclosed in an ovary
zamia - any of various cycads of the genus Zamia; among the smallest and most verdant cycads
ceratozamia - a small cycad of the genus Ceratozamia having a short scaly woody trunk and fernlike foliage and woody cones; Mexico
dioon - any cycad of the genus Dioon; handsome palmlike cycads with robust crowns of leaves and rugged trunks
encephalartos - any of numerous cycads of the genus Encephalartos having stout cylindrical trunks and a terminal crown of long often spiny pinnate leaves
Encephalartos caffer, kaffir bread - South African cycad; the farinaceous pith of the fruit used as food
macrozamia - any treelike cycad of the genus Macrozamia having erect trunks and pinnate leaves and large cones with sometimes edible nuts; Australia