- bulb-shaped; bulging.
- having or growing from bulbs.
Also bul·ba·ceous [buhl-bey-shuh s] /bʌlˈbeɪ ʃəs/.
Origin of bulbous
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Examples from the Web for bulbous
Bulbous columns, winding staircases, and whimsical bas-reliefs of mythical creatures wrap around the palace.The Postman Who Built a Palace in France…by Hand
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His greatest concern was to make sure the two bulbous microphones in front worked, bending them back and forth for maximum sound.Why Did the Lawyers’ Post–Sandusky Conviction Comments Shield Penn State From Shame?
June 25, 2012
The rattle-snake-herb has a bulbous root, like that of the tuberose, but twice as large.The History of Louisiana
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The stem shows to be bulbous and the cap covered with warts.
In Figure 240 the cortina and the bulbous form of the stem will be seen.
The stem is slender, nearly equal, floccose, bulbous at the base.
Invisible rays licked out of the bulbous muzzle of the pistol.Acid Bath
- shaped like a bulb; swollen; bulging
- growing from or bearing bulbs
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Word Origin and History for bulbous
1570s, "pertaining to a bulb," from Latin bulbosus, from bulbus (see bulb). Meaning "bulb-shaped" is recorded from 1783. Related: Bulbously; bulbousness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper