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tuberose1

[toob-rohz, tyoob-, too-buh-rohz, tyoo-] /ˈtubˌroʊz, ˈtyub-, ˈtu bəˌroʊz, ˈtyu-/
noun
1.
a bulbous plant, Polianthes tuberosa, of the agave family, cultivated for its spike of fragrant, creamy-white, lily-like flowers.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < New Latin tuberosa, the specific epithet, feminine of Latin tūberōsus tuberose2

tuberose2

[too-buh-rohs, tyoo-] /ˈtu bəˌroʊs, ˈtyu-/
adjective
1.
Origin
1695-1705; < Latin tūberōsus knobby. See tuber1, -ose1
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British Dictionary definitions for tuberose

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)
2.
a variant of tuberous
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tūberōsus full of lumps; referring to its root

tuberous

/ˈtjuːbərəs/
adjective
1.
(of plants or their parts) forming, bearing, or resembling a tuber or tubers: a tuberous root
2.
(anatomy) of, relating to, or having warty protuberances or tubers
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tūberōsus full of knobs; see tuber
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Encyclopedia Article for tuberose

(Polianthes tuberosa), perennial garden plant and only cultivated species of the genus Polianthes of the family Agavaceae, consisting of about 12 species. All members of the genus are native to southwestern North America. The tuberose has long, bright green leaves clustered at the base; smaller, clasping leaves along the stem; fragrant, waxy white flowers in a cluster at the tip of the stem; and tuberous roots. The flowers are used in the manufacture of perfumes.

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