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

1595–1605; < Latin cȳma cabbage sprout < Greek kŷma; see cyma
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Examples from the Web for cyme

Historical Examples

  • Cyme, with the other cities on that coast, revolted to him through fear.

    The History of Rome, Books 37 to the End

    Titus Livius

  • It is not generally admitted that Homer was from Cyme, for many dispute about him.

  • In the coming century Cyme of Aeolis would give a wife to a Phrygian king.

    The Ancient East

    D. G. Hogarh

  • The people of Cyme were uncertain whether they ought to comply.

    Cyrus the Great

    Jacob Abbott

  • A Glomerule is a cyme still more compacted, so as to imitate a head.

British Dictionary definitions for cyme


  1. 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
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Derived Formscymiferous (saɪˈmɪfərəs), adjective

Word Origin

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


  1. 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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