Definition of cyme
: 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: 1794See Words from the same year
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