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[buhlb-lit] /ˈbʌlb lɪt/
noun, Botany
a small bulb or bulblike structure, especially one growing in the axils of leaves, as in the tiger lily, or replacing flowers, as in the onion.
Also called bulbil.
1835-45; bulb + -let Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The understory is quite rich in ferns and other deep shade vegetation, including walking and bulblet ferns.
  • Limestone outcrops near the top of the slope harbor populations of smooth cliff brake, bulblet bladder fern, and slender lip fern.
  • At the head of the canyon the sheer walls support a ribbon of bulblet ferns growing along a high shelf.
Encyclopedia Article for bulblet


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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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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