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cyme

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noun \ˈsīm\

Definition of cyme

  1. :  an inflorescence in which each floral axis terminates in a single flower; especially :  a determinate inflorescence of this type containing several flowers with the first-opening central flower terminating the main axis and subsequent flowers developing from lateral buds — see inflorescence illustration



Origin and Etymology of cyme

New Latin cyma, from Latin, cabbage sprout, from Greek kyma swell, wave, cabbage sprout, from kyein to be pregnant; akin to Sanskrit śvayati it swells, grows


First Known Use: 1794


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