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[toob-rohz, tyoob-, too-buh-rohz, tyoo-] /ˈtubˌroʊz, ˈtyub-, ˈtu bəˌroʊz, ˈtyu-/
a bulbous plant, Polianthes tuberosa, of the agave family, cultivated for its spike of fragrant, creamy-white, lily-like flowers.
Origin of tuberose1
1655-65; < New Latin tuberosa, the specific epithet, feminine of Latin tūberōsus tuberose2


[too-buh-rohs, tyoo-] /ˈtu bəˌroʊs, ˈtyu-/
First recorded in 1695-1705, tuberose is from the Latin word tūberōsus knobby. See tuber1, -ose1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for tuberose
Historical Examples
  • The rattle-snake-herb has a bulbous root, like that of the tuberose, but twice as large.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • No collection of garden flowers is complete without the tuberose.

    Your Plants James Sheehan
  • The tuberose may be used in the garden with the same effect as the Gladiolus.

    A Garden with House Attached Sarah Warner Brooks
  • What flower can be whiter, sweeter, and more lovely than the tuberose?

    Talks about Flowers. M. D. Wellcome
  • In her hands she carried the fragments of the pot which had held the tuberose.

  • He gathered the tuberose and took it with him to his chamber.

    The Flower Princess

    Abbie Farwell Brown
  • And though he cannot pronounce ‘tuberose’ aright, at least he can sing of it exquisitely.

    Reviews Oscar Wilde
  • It is the tuberose of our gardens, but growing with great vigour and luxuriance.

    The History of Sumatra William Marsden
  • The tuberose is planted in rows in a similar way to the jasmin.

  • For reply she led him to the room formerly occupied by her aunt, and showed him the tuberose in a quaint pot.

British Dictionary definitions for tuberose


noun (ˈtjuːbəˌrəʊz)
a perennial Mexican agave plant, Polianthes tuberosa, having a tuberous root and spikes of white fragrant lily-like flowers
adjective (ˈtjuːbəˌrəʊs)
a variant of tuberous
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tūberōsus full of lumps; referring to its root
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