corymb

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

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 forms

cor·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 Forms

corymbed, 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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