EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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, adjective cor·ymb·like, adjective
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Flowers large, to 2/3 in., many in a
corymb, on glandular peduncles.
The axis of a
corymb is short in proportion to the lower pedicels. Corymbose, in corymbs, approaching the form of a corymb, or branched in that way.
Second, the cauliflower, which is a cluster (
corymb) of forced cabbage flowers.
Ivy-branches, dividing both ways from the handle, surround its rim with a delicate tracery of sharp-cut leaf and
corymb. British Dictionary definitions for corymb 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, adjective corymbose or corymbous, adjective corymbosely, adverb Word Origin for corymb
C18: from Latin
corymbus, from Greek korumbos cluster
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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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