One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural cymas, Plural cymaeArchitecture
A cornice moulding with an S-shaped cross section.
- ‘A fabulous range of broken cymae, painted with animated elements in different colours and drip-mouldings for channelling rain water, are displayed on the ground and first floors.’
- ‘The building is noted for a beautiful Baroque doorway and the heads of the lions in the cymae of the windows.’
- ‘The ceiling is vaulted with wooden-cavetto and decorated with beads and cymas.’
- ‘This exceptional exhibition will cover the cymas of some of the most sumptuous halls in the Brukenthal Palace.’
Mid 16th century: modern Latin, from Greek kuma ‘wave or wavy moulding’.
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