tuberose

tuberose

1 [toob-rohz, tyoob-, too-buh-rohz, tyoo-]
noun
a bulbous plant, Polianthes tuberosa, of the agave family, cultivated for its spike of fragrant, creamy-white, lily-like flowers.

Origin:
1655–65; < Neo-Latin tuberosa, the specific epithet, feminine of Latin tūberōsus tuberose2

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tuberose

2 [too-buh-rohs, tyoo-]
adjective

Origin:
1695–1705; < Latin tūberōsus knobby. See tuber1, -ose1

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tuberose
 
n
1.  a perennial Mexican agave plant, Polianthes tuberosa, having a tuberous root and spikes of white fragrant lily-like flowers
 
adj
2.  a variant of tuberous
 
[C17: from Latin tūberōsus full of lumps; referring to its root]

tuberous or tuberose (ˈtjuːbərəs, ˈtjuːbəˌrəʊs)
 
adj
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
 
[C17: from Latin tūberōsus full of knobs; see tuber]
 
tuberose or tuberose
 
adj
 
[C17: from Latin tūberōsus full of knobs; see tuber]

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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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