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 Sacks of sawdust filled my friends’ counters, each frothing over with bulbous lion’s mane or disgorging scaly oyster mushrooms. New York Times, "The Mushrooms Will Survive Us," 7 Feb. 2021 While young children can pick berries themselves, older women in the community are the ones pulling up the bulbous root vegetables, which would be difficult for young kids. Elizabeth Landau, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Much Did Grandmothers Influence Human Evolution?," 4 Jan. 2021 Alongside hot pink sandals and square-toe boots were two pairs of bulbous clogs — one shiny and silver and the other black with crystal studs — that looked equally chic when paired with gowns and bikini tops. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Area’s Runway Show Featured Precious Lee — & Couture Clogs," 28 Jan. 2021 With Gritty thrusting his bulbous belly from his sofa, the Flyers turned the NHL opener into a memorable one. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, "Farabee has 4-point game, Flyers beat Penguins 6-3," 13 Jan. 2021 Ram Singh, Kapoor’s master attar craftsman, scoops the petals into a bulbous copper still, and tops it with fresh water. Travel, "This ancient town is the perfume capital of India," 4 Jan. 2021 These later gave way to the current bulbous form of the clog that migrated from Scandinavia to Europe and North America in the late 1960s. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "How Clogs Clomped Back Into Style (Seriously)," 29 Dec. 2020 Some are curved or have bulbous ends for G-spot stimulation, like the Lovehoney G-Slim G-Spot Vibrator ($20, Lovehoney). Anna Borges, SELF, "How to Use a Vibrator If You Don’t Know Where to Start," 24 Dec. 2020 The rub was that Wosczyna is a collector of unusual bulbous plants such as jack-in-the-pulpits and other aroids, as well as spring flowers such as trilliums. Washington Post, "In a challenging, exhausting year, the garden has been a lifeline for many," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of bulbous

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Feb 2021

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“Bulbous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulbous. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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