bulblet

[ buhlb-lit ]
/ ˈbʌlb lɪt /

noun Botany.

a small bulb or bulblike structure, especially one growing in the axils of leaves, as in the tiger lily, or replacing flowers, as in the onion.

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Origin of bulblet

First recorded in 1835–45; bulb + -let
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Example sentences from the Web for bulblet

  • Hold the bulblet firmly between the thumb and fingers of the left hand—unless you are left-handed—with the top upward.

    The Gladiolus|Matthew Crawford
  • A bulblet is a small bulb borne entirely above ground, usually in the axil of a leaf or in the inflorescence.

    The Nursery Book|Liberty Hyde Bailey
  • It is one of our most graceful and delicate species, its long-tapering outline suggesting the bulblet bladder fern.

    The Fern Lover's Companion|George Henry Tilton
  • Where the stream plunges from above, the Bulblet Bladder Fern drapes the steep banks with its long feathery fronds.

    How to Know the Ferns|Frances Theodora Parsons