bulbil

[buhl-bil]
noun
  1. Botany. Also bul·bel [buhl-buh l, -bel] /ˈbʌl bəl, -bɛl/. bulblet.
  2. Mycology. a rounded mass of fungus cells resembling a sclerotium but of simpler organization, most commonly produced by certain basidiomycetes.

Origin of bulbil

1825–35; < New Latin bulbillus, equivalent to Latin bulb(us) bulb + -illus diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for bulbil

Historical Examples of 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

bulbil

bulbel (ˈbʌlbəl)

noun
  1. a small bulblike organ of vegetative reproduction growing in leaf axils or on flower stalks of plants such as the onion and tiger lily
  2. any small bulb of a plant
  3. any small bulblike structure in an animal

Word Origin for bulbil

C19: from New Latin bulbillus, from Latin bulbus bulb
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