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cycad

(sī′kad″, kăd) [L. Cycas, a genus name]
A variety of palmlike evergreen plants, including Cycas revoluta and C. circinalis, from which cycasin has been isolated.

cycad

any tropical or subtropical GYMNOSPERM of the order Cycadales. Cycads date from the MESOZOIC PERIOD. Present-day forms grow to 20 m in height and have a crown of fern-like leaves. They live for up to a thousand years.
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Each cycad genus has unique reproductive and vegetative characteristics.
Irene Terry and William Tang for their expertise and guidance, and Montgomery Botanical Center for access to their cycad collection and dedication to cycad-related research.
Two genera of Aulacoscelinae beetles reflexively bleed azoxyglycosides found in their host cycads. Journal of Chemical Ecological, 37: 736-740.
"Fossil Cycad is a compelling story, and the more that we look into it, the more we find a lot of lessons learned, which can guide us today to protect nonrenewable resources that have not yet disappeared."
The Chamorro made tortillas out of ground cycad seeds, which they washed repeatedly to remove toxins (if their chickens didn't die after drinking the wash water, the people deemed the seeds safe to grind and eat).
Cycad rewrite Today's cycads, once touted as survivors from dinosaur times, turn out to be mostly recent species, diversifying from an ancestor that flourished around 12 million years ago (SN Online: 10/21/11).
Macrozamia is a genus of cycad found in many parts of Australia.
What looked like a palm to the untrained eye was actually a cycad, a gymnospermous plant with large compound leaves.