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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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 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

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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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