cor·​ymb ˈkȯr-ˌim(b) How to pronounce corymb (audio)
plural corymbs ˈkȯr-ˌimz How to pronounce corymb (audio)
: a flat-topped inflorescence
specifically : one in which the flower stalks arise at different levels on the main axis and reach about the same height and in which the outer flowers open first see inflorescence illustration
corymbose adjective

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Examples of corymb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In spring, its tidy balls of blooms, known as corymbs, cover the shrub in white or pink. Ellen Nibali,, 4 May 2017

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Word History


French corymbe, from Latin corymbus cluster of fruit or flowers, from Greek korymbos

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of corymb was in 1794

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“Corymb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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