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[buhl-buh s] /ˈbʌl bəs/
bulb-shaped; bulging.
having or growing from bulbs.
Also, bulbaceous
[buhl-bey-shuh s] /bʌlˈbeɪ ʃəs/ (Show IPA)
Origin of bulbous
1570-80; < Latin bulbōsus. See bulb, -ous
Related forms
bulbously, adverb
nonbulbaceous, adjective
nonbulbous, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bulbous
  • She was blind, her features lost in a bulbous and livid pulp.
  • Before me a chafing dish filled with congealing pigs-in-a-blanket reminds me of my formerly bulbous thighs.
  • Others merely think it fun to touch something so bulbous and endangered.
  • bulbous structures at stem bases more add to my plant list enlarge.
  • He is proud of the little bulbous sensor on the car that automatically dims the headlights when another car approaches.
  • Some say it wears a hat to hide its blowhole and its bulbous forehead.
  • Both planes feature a bulbous nose and odd-looking bumps in the fuselage.
  • He was of proud and haughty mien, with a nose red and bulbous at the end.
  • In truth it's an ugly vessel, more bulbous nag than filly.
  • Another wolf sinks its teeth into the moose's bulbous nose.
British Dictionary definitions for bulbous


shaped like a bulb; swollen; bulging
growing from or bearing bulbs
Derived Forms
bulbously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for bulbous

1570s, "pertaining to a bulb," from Latin bulbosus, from bulbus (see bulb). Meaning "bulb-shaped" is recorded from 1783. Related: Bulbously; bulbousness.

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