sowbread


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sow·bread

 (sou′brĕd′)
n.
A cyclamen.

sowbread

(ˈsaʊˌbrɛd)
n
(Plants) a S European primulaceous plant, Cyclamen hederifolium, with heart-shaped leaves and pink nodding flowers. See also cyclamen1
[C16: from sow2 + bread, based on Medieval Latin panis porcinus; the tuberous roots are eaten by swine]
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Noun1.sowbread - common wild European cyclamen with pink flowerssowbread - common wild European cyclamen with pink flowers
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Cyclamen - genus of widely cultivated flowering Eurasian herbs with centrally depressed rounded tubers and rounded heart-shaped leaves
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The original houseplant cyclamen that is native to the hillsides of Southern Europe and North Africa grows from a tuber that was fed to pigs as a valuable source of starch, hence the common name of sowbread.
The plant has a nickname, sowbread, because the tubers are regarded as a favourite food for pigs in the south of France and Italy.
Another common name is sowbread because in the wild, the tubers can reach considerable proportions, such that hill farmers will feed their animals with them.