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cyme

Syllabification: cyme
Pronunciation: /sīm
 
/

Definition of cyme in English:

noun

Botany
A flower cluster with a central stem bearing a single terminal flower that develops first, the other flowers in the cluster developing as terminal buds of lateral stems. Compare with raceme.
Example sentences
  • The flat, star-shaped flowers are 1-cm across, range in color from maroon in the sun to pale beige in the shade, and are displayed in loose cymes in the leaf axils.
  • This pattern is most clearly observed in shoots with five to seven cymes, while in shoots with two to four cymes male flowers are also frequently produced in basal positions.
  • Leaves of C. orbiculatus are broader, and the flowers are borne in axillary cymes.

Origin

early 18th century (denoting the unopened head of a plant): from French, literally 'summit', from a popular variant of Latin cyma.

Derivatives

cymose

1
Pronunciation: /ˈsīˌmōs/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The buckwheat inflorescence is a compound raceme that produces laterally flowered cymose clusters, the number of which was affected by the position of the inflorescence along the main stem.
  • Inflorescences are terminal or axillary, and are usually cymose, but less often racemose, capitate, clustered or spicate; the flowers are seldom solitary.
  • The terminal and erect cymose inflorescence bears actinomorphic, hexamerous, dish-shaped flowers.

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