bul·​bous | \ ˈbəl-bəs How to pronounce bulbous (audio) \

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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Fennel has a large, pale green bulbous base with darker green stems and bright green feathery leaves. Linda Gassenheimer, Twin Cities, "Steak Pizzaiola makes for a quick and delicious meal," 17 June 2019 With his powdered wig, his burning black eyes, his bulbous forehead, and his cheeks pitted with smallpox, Goethe must have been a terrifying spectacle. Andrew Roberts, The New York Review of Books, "Ferdinand Mount," 6 June 2019 But while Apple’s bulbous bump will reportedly house three cameras, the picture of the Pixel 4’s square housing only has two cameras inside. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google shows off the Pixel 4's dual camera after leaks surface," 12 June 2019 Like Alessandro di Prisco’s bulbous concrete chairs, 7.5’s benches have a softness that belies the material’s hard touch. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "These 3D-printed concrete benches look woven," 29 Aug. 2018 Back in Windows XP, for example, regular Windows apps were themed, with their blobby title bars and bulbous red X button. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft is making the Windows command line a lot better," 17 July 2018 Low-slung, concrete homes and storefronts are flanked by bulbous foothills. Will Weissert, The Seattle Times, "The Origin Story: A blind date, a border and Beto O’Rourke," 29 Mar. 2019 Think: enormous red roses enveloped in ribbons sprouting from your wrist, or heaps of petals that look like bulbous bags of potpourri. Vogue, "Can the Corsage Ever Be Cool? Chloë Sevigny Says “Yes!”," 8 Apr. 2019 Their bulbous heads and eye patches indicate that those whales might not have been an aberration after all, and that these whales might be more widespread than anyone knows. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Spot Mysterious Unknown Breed of Killer Whales," 8 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of bulbous

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bulbous was in 1578

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English Language Learners Definition of bulbous

: big and round often in an unattractive way


bul·​bous | \ ˈbəl-bəs How to pronounce bulbous (audio) \

Kids Definition of bulbous

: round or swollen a bulbous nose


bul·​bous | \ ˈbəl-bəs How to pronounce bulbous (audio) \

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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