bul·bous | \ˈbəl-bəs \

Definition of bulbous 

1 : having a bulb : growing from or bearing bulbs

2 : resembling a bulb especially in roundness a bulbous nose

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bulbously adverb

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Or a bulbous glass and steel Victorian folly around the corner? Sam Lubell, New York Times, "A Glasgow Architect’s Masterpiece Is Damaged, but Not His Magic," 2 July 2018 With its bulbous rear and hunchback roofline, Panamera looked more like an experiment than an extension of the 911 into four doors and four full seats. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2017 Porsche Panamera is quick and nice for a steep steep price," 18 Sep. 2017 Diaphanous mothers with great swollen heads, bulbous with fear. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, "Orange World," 4 June 2017 With its large, bulbous body and small tail fins, the XM-388 looked like a cartoon caricature of a bomb. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Time Bobby Kennedy Watched the Smallest Nuclear Explosion Ever," 2 May 2016 The bags, tied with loose string around the wrists and ankles, gave him bulbous extremities like paws. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 In news that will come as a shock for many lovers of a certain bulbous, delicious ingredient, there is apparently one food and one food only that royals aren't allowed to eat. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Duchess Camilla Reveals the Delicious Food Ingredient Royals Can't Eat," 7 July 2018 The Stabilo Worker+ looks like something dreamed up by Apollo-era NASA, bulbous and oblong but still somehow attractively aerodynamic. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "The Best Pens Under $10 Will Make Your Handwriting Legible," 25 June 2018 Since 1995, Airbus has used the comically bulbous aircraft to transport oversize, unwieldy cargo like fuselages and wings between its European production and assembly plants. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Airbus Rattles Its Whale of a Jet in the Name of Safety," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of bulbous

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bulbous

: big and round often in an unattractive way


bul·bous | \ˈbəl-bəs \

Kids Definition of bulbous

: round or swollen a bulbous nose


bul·bous | \ˈbəl-bəs \

Medical Definition of bulbous 

: resembling a bulb especially in roundness or the gross enlargement of a part the bulbous expansion at the base of a hair

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