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[buhl-buh s]
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  1. bulb-shaped; bulging.
  2. having or growing from bulbs.
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Also bul·ba·ceous [buhl-bey-shuh s] /bʌlˈbeɪ ʃəs/.

Origin of bulbous

From the Latin word bulbōsus, dating back to 1570–80. See bulb, -ous
Related formsbul·bous·ly, adverbnon·bul·ba·ceous, adjectivenon·bul·bous, adjective
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Related Words for bulbous

spherical, rounded, cylindrical, elliptical, oval, curved, bulbous, protruding, bowed, looped, arched, spiral, circular, arced, bent, ringed, coiled, spheroid, salient, egg-shaped

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British Dictionary definitions for bulbous


  1. shaped like a bulb; swollen; bulging
  2. growing from or bearing bulbs
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Derived Formsbulbously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for bulbous


1570s, "pertaining to a bulb," from Latin bulbosus, from bulbus (see bulb). Meaning "bulb-shaped" is recorded from 1783. Related: Bulbously; bulbousness.

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