[toob-rohz, tyoob-, too-buh-rohz, tyoo-]


a bulbous plant, Polianthes tuberosa, of the agave family, cultivated for its spike of fragrant, creamy-white, lily-like flowers.

Origin of tuberose

1655–65; < New Latin tuberosa, the specific epithet, feminine of Latin tūberōsus tuberose2


[too-buh-rohs, tyoo-]


Origin of tuberose

First recorded in 1695–1705, tuberose is from the Latin word tūberōsus knobby. See tuber1, -ose1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tuberose

Historical Examples of tuberose

  • This is the Tuberose, a liliaceous plant, so commonly cultivated in our conservatories.

  • He gathered the tuberose and took it with him to his chamber.

    The Flower Princess

    Abbie Farwell Brown

  • And please, if they bring any gardenia or tuberose, make them take it away, like the calceolarias.

  • And though he cannot pronounce ‘tuberose’ aright, at least he can sing of it exquisitely.


    Oscar Wilde

  • In her hands she carried the fragments of the pot which had held the tuberose.

British Dictionary definitions for tuberose


noun (ˈtjuːbəˌrəʊz)

a perennial Mexican agave plant, Polianthes tuberosa, having a tuberous root and spikes of white fragrant lily-like flowers

adjective (ˈtjuːbəˌrəʊs)

a variant of tuberous

Word Origin for tuberose

C17: from Latin tūberōsus full of lumps; referring to its root
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