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[buhlb-lit] /ˈbʌlb lɪt/
noun, Botany.
a small bulb or bulblike structure, especially one growing in the axils of leaves, as in the tiger lily, or replacing flowers, as in the onion.
Also called bulbil.
Origin of bulblet
First recorded in 1835-45; bulb + -let Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is one of our most graceful and delicate species, its long-tapering outline suggesting the bulblet bladder fern.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • A bulblet is a small bulb borne entirely above ground, usually in the axil of a leaf or in the inflorescence.

    The Nursery Book Liberty Hyde Bailey
  • Where the stream plunges from above, the bulblet Bladder Fern drapes the steep banks with its long feathery fronds.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • Hold the bulblet firmly between the thumb and fingers of the left hand—unless you are left-handed—with the top upward.

    The Gladiolus

    Matthew Crawford

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