# What is a cyclic ideal?

I assume it's an ideal that generates the whole Ring.

Also is $(x+y)^2$ a non cyclic ideal of $R=\mathbb{C}[x,y]/(x^2,xy,y^2)$.

The notes I'm using don't give a definition of a cyclic ideal, assume it's the same as definition of cyclic group but with group replaced with ring.

Found the definition, now. An ideal M is cyclic if $M=\{rm: r \in R \}$ for $m \in M$.

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Edit: your ideal, however, seems to be principal, since it is the square of a principal ideal. In fact, if I am not mistaken, $(x+y)^2$ is the zero ideal in $\mathbb{C}[x,y]/(x^2,xy,y^2)$...
Well, if $r$ is a ring element (in a ring $R$) then $(r)$ means the ideal generated by $r$, i.e. $\{a\cdot r ~|~ a\in R\}$. In this case we have $(x+y)$, which is the ideal generated by the one element $x+y$. –  Oliver Braun Nov 10 '11 at 7:48