corymb

[ kawr-imb, -im, kor- ]
/ ˈkɔr ɪmb, -ɪm, ˈkɒr- /
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noun Botany.

a form of inflorescence in which the flowers form a flat-topped or convex cluster, the outermost flowers being the first to open.

Origin of corymb

1700–10; < Latin corymbus < Greek kórymbos head, top, cluster of fruit or flowers
Related formscor·ymbed, adjectivecor·ymb·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for corymb

corymb

/ (ˈkɒrɪmb, -rɪm) /

noun

an inflorescence in the form of a flat-topped flower cluster with the oldest flowers at the periphery. This type of raceme occurs in the candytuft
Derived Formscorymbed, adjectivecorymbose or corymbous, adjectivecorymbosely, adverb

Word Origin for corymb

C18: from Latin corymbus, from Greek korumbos cluster
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Science definitions for corymb

corymb

[ kôrĭmb, -ĭm ]

An indeterminate inflorescence whose outer flowers have longer stalks than the inner flowers, so that together they form a round cluster that is rather flat on top. The outer flowers open before the inner ones. Yarrow and the hawthorn have corymbs. See illustration at inflorescence.
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