tu·​ber | \ ˈtü-bər, ˈtyü-\

Definition of tuber

1a : a short fleshy usually underground stem bearing minute scale leaves each of which bears a bud in its axil and is potentially able to produce a new plant — compare bulb, corm
b : a fleshy root or rhizome resembling a tuber

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Repeat as needed through the growing season to keep the tubers covered. Doug Hall, Good Housekeeping, "7 Ways To Grow Potatoes," 28 June 2016 Chef Marina Pérez of Malauva Wine Bar presents her take on octopus, a Galician staple, served over puréed tubers. Tom Downey, WSJ, "A Spanish Food and Wine Region Comes Alive Again," 6 Dec. 2018 Vegetables encompass all other edible parts of a plant that aren't fruit, including roots, tubers, stems, and leaves. Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "Are Tomatoes Fruits or Vegetables? Actually, They're Both," 12 June 2018 The deck at The Peanut Farm is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy a beer and a plate of wings while watching ducks swim by and the occasional float-tuber. Anchorage Daily News, "Out-of-town guests? Here’s where to take them to eat around Anchorage.," 31 May 2018 Fortunately, controlling this weed is utterly delicious: dig up Jerusalem artichoke and harvest its tubers. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "8 Weeds You Should Actually Let Grow In Your Yard," 28 July 2016 Expose last year's tubers to light so eyes develop before dividing and replanting. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska gardeners, it’s time to germinate something," 29 Mar. 2018 Dark-colored blotches penetrate the flesh of tubers. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 Unlike the bustling marketplace of competing outfitters in New Braunfels, most San Marcos tubers get their gear and shuttle service from the city’s concessionaire, a local Lion’s Club. Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News, "Water sports plentiful in and around San Antonio," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of tuber

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for tuber

Latin, swelling, truffle; perhaps akin to Latin tumēre to swell — more at thumb entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tuber

: a short, thick, round stem that is a part of certain plants (such as the potato), that grows underground, and that can produce a new plant


tu·​ber | \ ˈtü-bər, ˈtyü-\

Kids Definition of tuber

: a short thick fleshy usually underground stem (as of a potato plant) having buds that can produce new plants


tu·​ber | \ ˈt(y)ü-bər \

Medical Definition of tuber

: an anatomical prominence : tuberosity

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