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[kawr-imb, -im, kor-] /ˈkɔr ɪmb, -ɪm, ˈkɒr-/
noun, Botany.
a form of inflorescence in which the flowers form a flat-topped or convex cluster, the outermost flowers being the first to open.
Origin of corymb
1700-10; < Latin corymbus < Greek kórymbos head, top, cluster of fruit or flowers
Related forms
corymbed, adjective
corymblike, adjective Unabridged
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  • It grows from two to four feet high, and bears a corymb of many yellow heads, from July to September.

    Field and Woodland Plants William S. Furneaux
  • Cyme, in appearance much like a corymb, but it differs in the fact that the central flower blooms first.

  • Flowers large, to 2/3 in., many in a corymb, on glandular peduncles.

  • A corymb (Fig. 202) is the same as a raceme, except that it is flat and broad, either convex, or level-topped.

  • It has a rosette of root-leaves, from which rises a naked scape bearing a corymb of largish white flowers.

  • A compound corymb is a corymb some branches of which branch again in the same way, as in Mountain Ash.

  • The axis of a corymb is short in proportion to the lower pedicels.

  • Their flower-heads are yellow, arranged in a corymb, and bloom during the whole of the summer.

    Field and Woodland Plants William S. Furneaux
  • corymbose, in corymbs, approaching the form of a corymb, or branched in that way.

  • This is commonly a flat-topped or convex flower-cluster, like a corymb, only the blossoms are from terminal buds.

British Dictionary definitions for corymb


/ˈkɒrɪmb; -rɪm/
an inflorescence in the form of a flat-topped flower cluster with the oldest flowers at the periphery. This type of raceme occurs in the candytuft
Derived Forms
corymbed, adjective
corymbose, corymbous, adjective
corymbosely, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin corymbus, from Greek korumbos cluster
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corymb in Science
  (kôr'ĭmb, -ĭm)   
An indeterminate inflorescence whose outer flowers have longer stalks than the inner flowers, so that together they form a round cluster that is rather flat on top. The outer flowers open before the inner ones. Yarrow and the hawthorn have corymbs. See illustration at inflorescence.
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