noun, plural cy·mae [sahy-mee] /ˈsaɪ mi/, cy·mas.
Architecture. either of two moldings having a partly convex and partly concave curve for an outline: used especially in classical architecture.Compare cyma recta, cyma reversa.
Botany. a cyme.
Origin of cyma
1555–65; < New Latin < Greek kŷma something swollen, a wave, wavy molding, sprout, equivalent to ký(ein) to be pregnant + -ma noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for cyma
Historical Examples of cyma
The members of the entablature are exceedingly high and heavy, as are the details, down to the trunnels and cyma.
The corona is bordered by the so-called Doric cyma, or beak-moulding, distantly resembling the scotia of Egypt and Mesopotamia.
The parapet above, including its cyma and corona, is one half the height of the parapet below.
When the crowning moulding of an entablature is of the cyma form, it is called a “cymatium.”
The Doric cyma is commonly called the beak-moulding, the Lesbian cyma the cyma reversa.
British Dictionary definitions for cyma
noun plural -mae (-miː) or -mas
either of two mouldings having a double curve, part concave and part convex. Cyma recta has the convex part nearer the wall and cyma reversa has the concave part nearer the wall
botany a rare variant of cyme
Word Origin for cyma
C16: from New Latin, from Greek kuma something swollen, from kuein to be pregnant
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