bulb

[buhlb]

noun


Origin of bulb

1560–70; < Latin bulbus < Greek bolbós onion, bulbous plant
Related formsbulbed, adjectivebulb·less, adjective
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Related Words for bulb

corn, knob, head, ball, swelling, globe, tumor, protuberance, nub, tuber, bunch, nodule, corm

Examples from the Web for bulb

Contemporary Examples of bulb

Historical Examples of bulb

  • I shall tell you the day when you are to put the bulb in the ground.

    The Black Tulip

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

  • Do you mean to say that the bulb has now been in the ground for six days?

    The Black Tulip

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

  • Amaryllis Formosissima was in bloom in one week after I planted the bulb.

  • And yet the bulb has not only an honourable character—it has a sort of sacred history.

    Storyology

    Benjamin Taylor

  • The stem is white, squamulose, bulb rugulose, ring superior and entire.


British Dictionary definitions for bulb

bulb

noun

a rounded organ of vegetative reproduction in plants such as the tulip and onion: a flattened stem bearing a central shoot surrounded by fleshy nutritive inner leaves and thin brown outer leavesCompare corm
a plant, such as a hyacinth or daffodil, that grows from a bulb
a rounded part of an instrument such as a syringe or thermometer
anatomy a rounded expansion of a cylindrical organ or part, such as the medulla oblongata
Also called: bulbous bow a bulbous protuberance at the forefoot of a ship to reduce turbulence

Word Origin for bulb

C16: from Latin bulbus, from Greek bolbos onion
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Word Origin and History for bulb
n.

1560s, "an onion," from Middle French bulbe (15c.), from Latin bulbus "bulb, bulbous root, onion," from Greek bolbos "plant with round swelling on underground stem." Expanded by 1800 to "swelling in a glass tube" (thermometer bulb, light bulb, etc.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bulb in Medicine

bulb

[bŭlb]

n.

A globular or fusiform anatomical structure or enlargement.
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bulb in Science

bulb

[bŭlb]

A rounded underground storage organ that contains the shoot of a new plant. A bulb consists of a short stem surrounded by fleshy scales (modified leaves) that store nourishment for the new plant. Tulips, lilies, and onions grow from bulbs. Compare corm rhizome runner tuber.
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