bulbil

bulbil

[buhl-bil]
noun
1.
Botany. Also, bulbel [buhl-buhl, -bel] . bulblet.
2.
Mycology. a rounded mass of fungus cells resembling a sclerotium but of simpler organization, most commonly produced by certain basidiomycetes.

Origin:
1825–35; < Neo-Latin bulbillus, equivalent to Latin bulb(us) bulb + -illus diminutive suffix

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bulbil or bulbel (ˈbʌlbɪl, ˈbʌlbəl)
 
n
1.  a small bulblike organ of vegetative reproduction growing in leaf axils or on flower stalks of plants such as the onion and tiger lily
2.  any small bulb of a plant
3.  any small bulblike structure in an animal
 
[C19: from New Latin bulbillus, from Latin bulbusbulb]
 
bulbel or bulbel
 
n
 
[C19: from New Latin bulbillus, from Latin bulbusbulb]

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bulbil

in botany, tiny secondary bulb that forms in the angle between a leaf and stem or in place of flowers on certain plants. Bulbils, called offsets when full-sized, fall or are removed and planted to produce new plants. They are especially common among such plants as onions and lilies.

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