[ buhl-bil ]
/ ˈbʌl bɪl /
Botany.Also bul·bel [buhl-buhl, -bel]. /ˈbʌl bəl, -bɛl/. bulblet.
Mycology. a rounded mass of fungus cells resembling a sclerotium but of simpler organization, most commonly produced by certain basidiomycetes.
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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of bulbil
1825–35; <New Latin bulbillus, equivalent to Latin bulb(us) bulb + -illus diminutive suffix
Words nearby bulbil
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Example sentences from the Web for bulbil
A swollen bud or bulbil in this situation is not uncommon in some cultivated tulips and lilies.Vegetable Teratology|Maxwell T. Masters
British Dictionary definitions for bulbil
/ (ˈbʌlbɪl) /
a small bulblike organ of vegetative reproduction growing in leaf axils or on flower stalks of plants such as the onion and tiger lily
any small bulb of a plant
any small bulblike structure in an animal
Word Origin for bulbil
C19: from New Latin bulbillus, from Latin bulbus bulb
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