[ sahym ]
/ saɪm /


an inflorescence in which the primary axis bears a single central or terminal flower that blooms first.
a flat or convex inflorescence of this type.

Origin of cyme

1595–1605; < Latin cȳma cabbage sprout < Greek kŷma; see cyma Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cyme


/ (saɪm) /


an inflorescence in which the first flower is the terminal bud of the main stem and subsequent flowers develop as terminal buds of lateral stems

Derived Forms

cymiferous (saɪˈmɪfərəs), adjective

Word Origin for cyme

C18: from Latin cӯma cabbage sprout, from Greek kuma anything swollen; see cyma
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Science definitions for cyme


[ sīm ]

A usually flat-topped or convex determinate inflorescence in which the central main stem and each side branch end in a flower. The flowers in the cluster begin blooming from the flower on the main stem downwards or outwards. Baby's breath, dogwood, and the tomato have cymes.
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