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Either of two moldings, cyma recta or cyma reversa, having an undulating or S-shaped profile, used especially in classical architecture. Also called cymatium.

[New Latin cȳma, from Greek kūma, wave, cyma, from kuein, to swell; see keuə- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -mae (-miː) , -mas
1. (Architecture) either of two mouldings having a double curve, part concave and part convex. Cyma recta has the convex part nearer the wall and cyma reversa has the concave part nearer the wall
2. (Botany) botany a rare variant of cyme
[C16: from New Latin, from Greek kuma something swollen, from kuein to be pregnant]
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(ˈsaɪ mə)

n., pl. -mae (-mē), -mas.
either of two moldings having a partly convex and partly concave curve for an outline, used esp. in classical architecture.
[1555–65; < New Latin < Greek kŷma something swollen, a wave, wavy molding, sprout =ký(ein) to be pregnant]
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Noun1.cyma - (architecture) a molding for a cornicecyma - (architecture) a molding for a cornice; in profile it is shaped like an S (partly concave and partly convex)
cyma recta - a cyma in which the upper section is concave and the lower section is convex
moulding, molding - a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing
cyma reversa, ogee - a molding that (in section) has the shape of an S with the convex part above and the concave part below
classical architecture, Greco-Roman architecture - architecture influenced by the ancient Greeks or Romans
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