cyme

noun
\ ˈsīm How to pronounce cyme (audio) \

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

First Known Use of cyme

1794, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Cyme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyme. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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