bulbous

adjective
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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Every so often, a wool sheep is found that hasn’t been sheared for years, emerging from a cave or a remote mountain pass looking like a bulbous duster on spindly legs. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, "Fiber Optics: Wool Lovers Battle Animal-Rights Crowd Over Sheep Shearing," 7 Jan. 2019 The walls were bulbous from moisture which signified the likelihood of mold. Lonnie Firestone, Glamour, "It Took a Fire in My Building to Understand Marie Kondo's Method," 15 Jan. 2019 Her Comme des Garçons shows became Zen koans—assemblages of bulbous shapes meant to challenge our preconceptions about garments, fashion, the establishment. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Rihanna, Celine, and That Versace Deal—The 10 Biggest Stories of the Spring 2019 Season," 5 Oct. 2018 By contrast, the bulbous shaping of the Optic Clock (1970) by Italian designer Joe Colombo looks amusing, if a bit dated. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "‘Dieter Rams: Principled Design’ Review: Improving, Not Replacing," 20 Nov. 2018 The submersible has a bulbous viewing window on the front, and can hold five people and dive about 500 meters, or 1,640 feet — one-and-a-half times as deep as the Columbia Center, Seattle’s tallest building, is high. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "In a five-person submarine, scientists in Friday Harbor unravel the mysteries of the Salish Sea," 16 Sep. 2018 Her entire front lawn and walkway was covered in them, some planted, some in gorgeous, bulbous bouquets, but all of the absolutely beautiful and brilliantly red. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Shares Rare Clip of Travis Scott and Baby Stormi," 11 Aug. 2018 The C-5’s bulbous nose is hinged, allowing it to raise up over the cockpit and providing full access to the cargo box. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why the C-5 Galaxy Is Such a Badass Plane," 18 July 2018 The green whiskers down at the bulbous bottom, though, those have a higher likelihood of a successful grasp. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Robots Can't Hold Stuff Very Well. But You Can Help," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of bulbous

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bulbous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bulbous

: big and round often in an unattractive way

bulbous

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

Kids Definition of bulbous

: round or swollen a bulbous nose

bulbous

adjective
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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