Share this entry

Share this page

cyma

Syllabification: cy·ma
Pronunciation: /ˈsīmə
 
/

Definition of cyma in English:

noun (plural cymas or cymae /-mē, -mī/)

1 Architecture A cornice molding with an S-shaped cross section. Compare with ogee.
Example sentences
  • The building is noted for a beautiful Baroque doorway and the heads of the lions in the cymae of the windows.
  • This exceptional exhibition will cover the cymas of some of the most sumptuous halls in the Brukenthal Palace.
  • The ceiling is vaulted with wooden-cavetto and decorated with beads and cymas.
2 Botany variant spelling of cyme.

Origin

mid 16th century: modern Latin, from Greek kuma 'wave or wavy molding'.

Definition of cyma in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day Sprachgefühl
Pronunciation: ˈSHpräkɡəˌf(y)o͞ol
noun
intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…