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cyathium

[sahy-ath-ee-uh m]
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noun, plural cy·ath·i·a [sahy-ath-ee-uh] /saɪˈæθ i ə/. Botany.
  1. an inflorescence consisting of a cup-shaped involucre enclosing an apetalous, pistillate flower surrounded by several staminate flowers.

Origin of cyathium

< New Latin < Greek kyáthion, diminutive of kýathos ladle
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  • The partial inflorescence (cyathium) of Euphorbia (fig. 1) resembles superficially a hermaphrodite flower.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 8

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  • A partial inflorescence, cyathium, bearing the petaloid glands.