corymb

[kawr-imb, -im, kor-]
noun Botany.
  1. 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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corymb

noun
  1. 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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corymb

[kôrĭmb, -ĭm]
  1. 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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