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.
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How to use cyme in a sentence
The rather large white flowers are in terminal cymes of from three to six.
The flowers are much smaller—only about a quarter of an inch in diameter, and are arranged in loose, terminal cymes.
The flowers have five sepals and five petals, are of a purple or crimson colour, and are clustered in close cymes.
The flowers are in loose cymes, and imperfect; the staminate and the pistillate ones being usually on different plants.
The flowers are small, and collected together in dense, purple cymes on the top of long, angular stalks.
British Dictionary definitions for cyme
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
- cymiferous (saɪˈmɪfərəs), adjective
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Scientific definitions for cyme
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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