bulb·​let ˈbəlb-lət How to pronounce bulblet (audio)
: a small or secondary bulb
especially : an aerial deciduous bud produced in a leaf axil or replacing the flowers and capable when separated of producing a new plant

Examples of bulblet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lesser celandine spreads primarily by vegetative means through prolific tubers and bulblets, each of which can grow into a new plant once separated from the parent plant. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 25 Mar. 2023 October/November, everywhere: cloves (bulblets) of garlic, seeds of fava beans. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, 6 Sep. 2019 The main bulb continually produces bulblets—perfect for gifting. Country Living Staff, Country Living, 6 Mar. 2018 Remove old shriveling bulb portions then keep the new bulbs and small bulblets to grow the next flowering plants. Dug bulbs can be immediately added to a planting site or stored for a few months in a cool, dry spot. Tom MacCubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, 2 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bulblet was in 1846

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“Bulblet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulblet. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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