cor·​ymb | \ ˈkȯr-ˌim(b) How to pronounce corymb (audio) , ˈkär-, -əm(b) \
plural corymbs\ ˈkȯr-​ˌimz How to pronounce corymb (audio) , ˈkär-​ , -​əmz \

Definition of corymb

: 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

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Other Words from corymb

corymbose \ ˈkȯr-​əm-​ˌbōs How to pronounce corymb (audio) , ˈkär-​ \ adjective

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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First Known Use of corymb

1794, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corymb

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

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“Corymb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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