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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A usually flat-topped or convex flower cluster in which the main axis and each branch end in a flower that opens before the flowers below or to the side of it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. erroneous form of senna
  • n. A “head” (of unexpanded leaves, etc.); an opening bud.
  • n. A flattish or convex flower cluster, of the centrifugal or determinate type, on which each axis terminates with a flower which blooms before the flowers below it. Contrast raceme.
  • n. = cyma

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. A panicle, the elongation of all the ramifications of which is arrested so that it has the appearance of an umbel.
  • n. In architecture, same as cyma.
  • n. Also cima.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. more or less flat-topped cluster of flowers in which the central or terminal flower opens first

Etymologies

Latin cȳma, young cabbage sprout, from Greek kūma, anything swollen, sprout; see cyma.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
An error for cynne, probably resulting from the overlapping of the two ens in handwriting. (Wiktionary)
From the French cime, cyme ("top”, “summit"), from the Vulgar Latin cima, from the Latin cȳma ("young sprout of a cabbage”, “spring shoots of cabbage"), from the Ancient Greek κῦμα (kūma, "anything swollen, such as a wave or billow”; “fetus”, “embryo”, “sprout of a plant"), from κύω (kuō, "I conceive”, “I become pregnant”; in the aorist “I impregnate"). For considerably more information, see cyma. (Wiktionary)

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