One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A flower cluster whose lower stalks are proportionally longer so that the flowers form a flat or slightly convex head.
- ‘The genus has some species with single flowers, but most have racemes, corymbs or subumbels.’
- ‘It was weighted down by enormous corymbs of what were by now large plump green seed capsules.’
- ‘The small white flowers are borne in rather dense corymbs at the ends of the branches.’
- ‘Button-like flowerheads, produced in corymbs or singly, are everlasting when dried.’
- ‘As the photo shows, the corymbs bloom first around the edges and the center buds open last.’
Early 18th century: from French corymbe or Latin corymbus, from Greek korumbos ‘cluster’.
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