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[sahym] /saɪm/
an inflorescence in which the primary axis bears a single central or terminal flower that blooms first.
a flat or convex inflorescence of this type.
1595-1605; < Latin cȳma cabbage sprout < Greek kŷma; see cyma Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cyme
  • The flowers are borne in a cyme of four small petals and four minute sepals.
  • The inflorescence is an open cyme with white flowers.
  • The inflorescence is a cyme of few to many flowers on a long scape, approximately equal in height to the leaves.
  • The flower stems are terminal and solitary or occasionally in a cyme of three.
  • cyme is a cluster of flowers were the end of each growing point produces a flower.
  • A reduced raceme or cyme that grows in the axil of a bract is called a fascicle.
British Dictionary definitions for cyme


an inflorescence in which the first flower is the terminal bud of the main stem and subsequent flowers develop as terminal buds of lateral stems
Derived Forms
cymiferous (saɪˈmɪfərəs) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin cӯma cabbage sprout, from Greek kuma anything swollen; see cyma
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cyme in Science
A usually flat-topped or convex determinate inflorescence in which the central main stem and each side branch end in a flower. The flowers in the cluster begin blooming from the flower on the main stem downwards or outwards. Baby's breath, dogwood, and the tomato have cymes.
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