bulbous

[ buhl-buh s ]
/ ˈbʌl bəs /

adjective

bulb-shaped; bulging.
having or growing from bulbs.

Nearby words

  1. bulbo-,
  2. bulboid,
  3. bulboid corpuscle,
  4. bulbospinal,
  5. bulbourethral,
  6. bulbous bougie,
  7. bulbous buttercup,
  8. bulbously,
  9. bulbul,
  10. bulbus

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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British Dictionary definitions for bulbous

bulbous

/ (ˈbʌlbəs) /

adjective

shaped like a bulb; swollen; bulging
growing from or bearing bulbs
Derived Formsbulbously, adverb

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Word Origin and History for bulbous

bulbous

adj.

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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