- swollen, especially on one side or unequally; protuberant.
- having a large abdomen.
Origin of ventricose
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The gills are almost free, ventricose, very broad, rust-colored.
The gills are nearly free, ventricose, crowded, dirty-grayish.
Most of the species are ventricose, and have regular radiating ribs.A Conchological Manual
George Brettingham Sowerby
Ventricose: Having the whorls of the shell swollen or strongly convex.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
Cells pyriform, ventricose posteriorly, much attenuated at bottom.Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1.
- botany zoology anatomy having a swelling on one side; unequally inflatedthe ventricose corolla of many labiate plants
- another word for corpulent
C18: from New Latin ventricōsus, from Latin venter belly
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- Inflated, swollen, or distended, especially on one side.
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