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cyme

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cyme more or less flat-topped cluster of flowers in which the central or terminal flower opens first
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cyme (Bot) A flattish or convex flower cluster, of the centrifugal or determinate type, differing from a corymb chiefly in the order of the opening of the blossoms.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cyme In botany: An inflorescence of the definite or determinate class; any form of inflorescence in which the primary axis bears a single terminal flower which develops first, the inflorescence being continued by secondary, tertiary, and other axes. The secondary and other axes may be given off on both sides of the primary axis (a dichotomous or biparous cyme or dichasium), or in such a way as to cause the inflorescence to assume a helicoid or scorpioid form (as in the forget-me-not). The term is applied especially to a broad and flattened compound form.
    • n cyme A panicle, the elongation of all the ramifications of which is arrested so that it has the appearance of an umbel.
    • n cyme In architecture, same as cyma.
    • n cyme Also cima.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cyme sīm a young shoot:
    • n Cyme sīm (bot.) term applied to all forms of inflorescence which are definite or centrifugal
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cyma, the young sprount of a cabbage, fr. Gr., prop., anything swollen, hence also cyme, wave, fr. to be pregnant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. cyma—Gr. kyma, a sprout.

Usage

In literature:

They are pure white and arranged in large cymes.
"Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs" by A. D. Webster
CYME, a maritime town of AEolia in Asia.
"A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence" by Cornelius Tacitus
They were commanded by Sandoces, son of Thaumasius, governor of Cyme, of AEolia.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1" by Various
Flowers white, 1/3 in., in large, flat, compound cymes.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
The people of Cyme were uncertain whether they ought to comply.
"Cyrus the Great" by Jacob Abbott
The commoner forms may be understood by comparing a complete cyme, like that of Fig.
"The Elements of Botany" by Asa Gray
The primary stalks of these cymes are five in number.
"Wayside and Woodland Trees" by Edward Step
The inflorescence in the family Boraginaceae are usually regarded as true scorpioid cymes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
The flowers, which appear in June and July, are small, white, and arranged in cymes 2 to 4 in.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 6" by Various
Ac he nolde mid his to-cyme dha synfullan fordeman, ac wolde to his rice gegaderian.
"The Homilies of the Anglo-Saxon Church" by Ælfric
Flowers small, in open naked cymes, or in close heads surrounded by a corolla-like involucre.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
It was on the Lydian coasts that the most important Greek cities rose; Cyme, Phocaea, Smyrna, Colophon, Ephesus.
"The History of Antiquity, Vol. III (of VI)" by Max Duncker
Portion of a fruiting cyme, x 1.
"Michigan Trees" by Charles Herbert Otis
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In poetry:

No novelty are you,
O Lady of all my time,
Veering unbid into my view
Whether I near Death's mew,
Or Life's top cyme!
"At Moonrise And Onwards" by Thomas Hardy