[toob-rohz, tyoob-, too-buh-rohz, tyoo-]
  1. 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-]
  1. tuberous.

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. 2018

Examples from the Web for tuberose

Historical Examples of tuberose

  • The rattle-snake-herb has a bulbous root, like that of the tuberose, but twice as large.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • No collection of garden flowers is complete without the Tuberose.

    Your Plants

    James Sheehan

  • The Tuberose may be used in the garden with the same effect as the Gladiolus.

    A Garden with House Attached

    Sarah Warner Brooks

  • What flower can be whiter, sweeter, and more lovely than the Tuberose?

    Talks about Flowers.

    M. D. Wellcome

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

British Dictionary definitions for tuberose


noun (ˈtjuːbəˌrəʊz)
  1. a perennial Mexican agave plant, Polianthes tuberosa, having a tuberous root and spikes of white fragrant lily-like flowers
adjective (ˈtjuːbəˌrəʊs)
  1. a variant of tuberous

Word Origin for tuberose

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