[ sahy-muh ]
/ ˈsaɪ mə /

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈsaɪmə) /

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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