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cyme

[sahym] /saɪm/
noun
1.
an inflorescence in which the primary axis bears a single central or terminal flower that blooms first.
2.
a flat or convex inflorescence of this type.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin cȳma cabbage sprout < Greek kŷma; see cyma
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British Dictionary definitions for cymes

cyme

/saɪm/
noun
1.
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
  (sīm)   
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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