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corymb

[kawr-imb, -im, kor-] /ˈkɔr ɪmb, -ɪm, ˈkɒr-/
noun, Botany
1.
a form of inflorescence in which the flowers form a flat-topped or convex cluster, the outermost flowers being the first to open.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < Latin corymbus < Greek kórymbos head, top, cluster of fruit or flowers
Related forms
corymbed, adjective
corymblike, adjective
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Examples from the web for corymb
  • The inflorescence is open and resembles a corymb with both ray and disc flowers present.
  • The inflorescence is a flat-topped corymb that is without hairs.
British Dictionary definitions for corymb

corymb

/ˈkɒrɪmb; -rɪm/
noun
1.
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
corymb
  (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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