[proh-too-ber-uh nt, -tyoo-, pruh-]
- bulging out beyond the surrounding surface; protruding; projecting: protuberant eyes.
Origin of protuberant
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Examples from the Web for protuberant
The general was a stout man, with rather a protuberant corporation.Liverpool a few years since
The lower part on the ventral side, is protuberant and rounded.
The lips are protuberant and moderately developed all round.
Occasionally he studied the situation from under his protuberant forehead.Out of the Air
Inez Haynes Irwin
They were violet in colour, protuberant, and malevolent beyond words.A Maid of the Silver Sea
- swelling out from the surrounding surface; bulging
C17: from Late Latin prōtūberāre to swell, from pro- 1 + tūber swelling
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Word Origin and History for protuberant
1640s, from French protubérant (16c.) and directly from Late Latin protuberantem (moninative protuberans), present participle of protuberare "to swell, bulge out" (see protuberance). Related: Protuberantly.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Swelling outward; bulging.
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