Definition of cyathium in English:


Syllabification: cy·ath·i·um
Pronunciation: /sīˈaTHēəm

noun (plural cyathia /-ˈaTHēə/)

  • The characteristic inflorescence of the spurges, resembling a single flower. It consists of a cup-shaped involucre of fused bracts enclosing several greatly reduced male flowers and a single female flower.
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    • All are tree Euphorbias, have minute sessile leaves and yellowish cyathia but differ in other respects.
    • A commonly encountered cluster of three cyathia with a mixed sexual orientation is called a cyme.
    • That means that there are plants that produce only male cyathia and others that produce only female ones.


late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek kuathion, diminutive of kuathos 'cup'.

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