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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Other Words from bulbous

bulbously adverb

Examples of bulbous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hair artist Julien d'Ys sculpted red wigs into crimped bulbous, almost unicorn-like forms for the runway show. Kristen Bateman, Allure, "MAC Just Launched a Temporary Tattoo Kit With Comme des Garçons," 4 Oct. 2019 Another focused on improbable lunges, one leg held aloft, glutes both bulbous and flexed. Catherine Lacey, Harper's magazine, "Who Is She?," 19 Aug. 2019 Tomato plants, with their sprawling vines and bulbous fruits, take up space—valuable space. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Gene-Edited Tomatoes to Make Them Grow Like Grapes," 23 Dec. 2019 And while the dynasty’s regalia was glittery and their palaces splendid, the royals themselves were markedly less easy on the eyes: Generation after generation, Habsburg monarchs had sharply jutting jaws, bulbous lower lips and long noses. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "The Distinctive ‘Habsburg Jaw’ Was Likely the Result of the Royal Family’s Inbreeding," 4 Dec. 2019 On the left is a pot, as bulbous as a genie and as big as an igloo. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Intoxicating History of Gin," 2 Dec. 2019 Some were bulbous and squat or sent out twisted arms or grew in tortured, constipated shapes. Los Angeles Times, "Welcome to the Cactus & Succulent Show, the Comic-Con of the cactus world," 13 Aug. 2019 The highway curved through a valley rimmed with tall pines, past bulbous rock formations atop vertiginous slopes. Chiara Goia, National Geographic, "Discover why this stunning region is Spain’s best-kept secret," 14 Dec. 2019 The setting was a streaked, bulbous frozen face on the fractured lower section of the Glacier du Tour, the northernmost ice sheet in the French portion of the Mont Blanc massif. Simon Akam, Outside Online, "You Won’t Pass Chamonix’s Mountain Guiding Test," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bulbous

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jan 2020

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“Bulbous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulbous. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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