pro·​tu·​ber·​ant | \ prō-ˈtü-b(ə-)rənt How to pronounce protuberant (audio) , -ˈtyü- \

Definition of protuberant

: thrusting out from a surrounding or adjacent surface often as a rounded mass : prominent protuberant eyes

Other Words from protuberant

protuberantly adverb

Examples of protuberant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tourists were free to go to Gibraltar, which is literally a bright spot—an anomalous British territory on a headland on the sunny southern coast of Spain, just over a tenth of the area of Manhattan, most of which is protuberant rock. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 26 May 2021 Bevelled edges flirt with object-ness, making the works seem fat material presentations, protuberant from walls, rather than pictures. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 9 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, Angela is carrying on with protuberant tennis pro Tony Parker (Andrew Carter), who becomes the object of lust to both Edith and Angela's gay son, Lance (Tom DeTrinis). F. Kathleen Foley,, 17 May 2018 If, for instance, a weak bladder leads a child to perform poorly in timed exams or protuberant ears means bullying blighted their education, genetic variants for these traits will show up as disadvantageous. The Economist, 26 Mar. 2018 Remember the beefy Mitch (David Hasselhoff back then, now the ever-affable Dwayne Johnson) a smirking beach god with protuberant pectorals? Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, 24 May 2017 Hoopskirts like armor, frilly materials made knife-sharp, curlers or a heeled pump worn as a protuberant helmet: this is female attire that makes a statement, at once protective and aggressive. The New Yorker, 12 May 2013 Her exceptionally protuberant breasts and derrière, which rendered her an object not only of curiosity but also of lust. Ben Brantley, New York Times, 15 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of protuberant

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for protuberant

Late Latin protuberant-, protuberans, present participle of protuberare to bulge out, from Latin pro- forward + tuber excrescence, swelling; perhaps akin to Latin tumēre to swell — more at thumb entry 1

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pro·​tu·​ber·​ant | \ -b(ə-)rənt How to pronounce protuberant (audio) \

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: bulging beyond the surrounding or adjacent surface : prominent protuberant eyes

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