tuber

1
[too-ber, tyoo-]
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noun
  1. Botany. a fleshy, usually oblong or rounded thickening or outgrowth, as the potato, of a subterranean stem or shoot, bearing minute scalelike leaves with buds or eyes in their axils from which new plants may arise.
  2. Anatomy. a rounded swelling or protuberance; a tuberosity; a tubercle.

Origin of tuber

1
1660–70; < Latin tūber bump, swelling. Cf. truffle
Related formstu·ber·less, adjectivetu·ber·oid, adjective

tuber

2
[too-ber, tyoo-]
noun
  1. a person or thing that forms, installs, or operates with tubes.
  2. Also called inner-tuber. a person who participates in the sport of tubing.

Origin of tuber

2
First recorded in 1920–25; tube + -er1
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Related Words for tuber

beet, potato, bulb, root, taro, yam, turnip, jalap, salep

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Contemporary Examples of tuber

  • I feel like they are the alchemist of the tuber world; they make everything from smooth, soft purees to beautiful crunchy pickles.

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British Dictionary definitions for tuber

tuber

noun
  1. a fleshy underground stem (as in the potato) or root (as in the dahlia) that is an organ of vegetative reproduction and food storage
  2. anatomy a raised area; swelling

Word Origin for tuber

C17: from Latin tūber hump
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Word Origin and History for tuber
n.

"thick underground stem," 1660s, from Latin tuber "lump, bump," perhaps related to tumere "to swell" (see thigh).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tuber in Medicine

tuber

[tōōbər]
n. pl. tubers
  1. A localized rounded projection or swelling; a knob, tuberosity, or eminence.
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tuber in Science

tuber

[tōōbər]
  1. The thickened part of an underground stem of a plant, such as the potato, bearing buds from which new plant shoots arise. Compare bulb corm rhizome runner.
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