intransitive verb

: to swell beyond a surface : form a protuberance

Word History


Late Latin protuberatus, past participle of protuberare to bulge out, from Latin pro- pro- entry 1 + tuber bump, swelling, tumor

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“Protuberate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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