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

    The History of Sumatra William Marsden
  • No collection of garden flowers is complete without the tuberose.

    Your Plants James Sheehan
  • tuberose, lilies of the valley, and frangipani flowers have an almost intoxicating effect on me.

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

    Reviews Oscar Wilde
  • What flower can be whiter, sweeter, and more lovely than the tuberose?

    Talks about Flowers. M. D. Wellcome
  • The tuberose requires more heat to grow to perfection than it is usually possible to give here in the North.

  • The organist was playing the voluntary, and a smart young man with a tuberose in his buttonhole held up the finger of invitation.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • As may be seen in the above statement the tuberose was first known as a "Jacinth" (Hyacinth) and was at that time a single flower.

    A Garden with House Attached Sarah Warner Brooks
  • The tuberose is a native of India, whence it was first brought to Europe towards the close of the sixteenth century.

  • Whilst the plane variety gives little if any uneasiness, the tuberose is apt to become irritated and painful.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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