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

Other Words from bulbous

bulbously adverb

Examples of bulbous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Framed by a minty green wall, it’s patterned with what appears like snakeskin, with bulbous knots protruding from the surface. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, 12 May 2022 Camila Cabello worked a huge white gown with a midriff top, from Prabal Gurung, while Jordan Roth, the theater producer, provided a reveal of his own, removing a black, egg-like shell to a matching bulbous suit, all by Thom Browne. Leanne Italie, Chron, 3 May 2022 The front-end layout helps make the car look a little sleeker and meaner than, for example, the EQS, which has a more bulbous, grille-less front-end. Maren Estrada, BGR, 8 Apr. 2022 One plant, spotted in the Centinela rainforest before it had reportedly been wiped out, encapsulated the concept — a bulbous neon-orange flower whose name preordained it as lost forever: the Gasteranthus extinctus. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 Pinnacles National Park's towering bulbous rocks are nothing if not dramatic, and a splash of wildflowers takes that wow factor up a notch. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 9 Apr. 2022 The whitish larvae are C-shaped with a bulbous posterior. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2022 The new model appears to be a bit larger than before, with a wider stance and more bulbous rear fenders. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 29 Mar. 2022 The collection opened with rigid, crisp denim jackets over shimmering silks and wools, then grew into watery silk-wools, and progressed into larger and more bulbous shapes that wobbled and jiggled. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Bulbous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulbous. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for bulbous


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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