tu·​ber·​ous | \ ˈtü-b(ə-)rəs How to pronounce tuberous (audio) , ˈtyü- \

Definition of tuberous

1 : consisting of, bearing, or resembling a tuber
2 : of, relating to, or being a plant tuber or tuberous root of a plant

Examples of tuberous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sweet potatoes, indigenous to Central and South America, are tuberous roots and taste like carrots. Kendra Nordin Beato, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Nov. 2021 Flowering tuberous roots are dahlias, agapanthus and ranunculus. Jodi Bay, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2021 Dig and store geraniums, tuberous begonias, dahlias, and gladiolas. oregonlive, 1 Oct. 2021 Fuchsias and tuberous begonias are probably at the top of the list of plants worth saving. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Sep. 2021 Dig, clean and store tuberous begonias if frost threatens. oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2021 Tuberose, by the way, is a plant native to Mexico whose name refers to its tuberous roots, not at all to rose, and indeed, its smell is closer to that of lily, but with a fascinating camphorlike quality. New York Times, 12 May 2021 Planting/Propagation Plant dahlias, gladioli, and tuberous begonias in mid-May. oregonlive, 4 May 2021 Asiatic lilies, achimenes, African iris, agapanthus, amaryllis, Amazon lily, blackberry lily, blood lily, bulbine, caladium, canna, crinum, dahlia, eucharis lily, gingers, gladioli, gloriosa lily, society garlic, tuberous begonias, and rain lily 6. Tom Maccubbin,, 27 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of tuberous

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tuberous was in 1650

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18 Dec 2021

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Medical Definition of tuberous

: characterized by or being knobby or nodular lesions tuberous xanthomas on the knees

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