cymes

cyme

[sahym]
noun
1.
an inflorescence in which the primary axis bears a single central or terminal flower that blooms first. See illus. under inflorescence.
2.
a flat or convex inflorescence of this type.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin cȳma cabbage sprout < Greek kŷma; see cyma

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cyme (saɪm)
 
n
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
 
[C18: from Latin cӯma cabbage sprout, from Greek kuma anything swollen; see cyma]
 
cymiferous
 
adj

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cyme   (sīm)  Pronunciation Key 
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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