• WordNet 3.6
    • adj bulbous curving outward
    • adj bulbous shaped like a bulb
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Bulbous Having or containing bulbs, or a bulb; growing from bulbs; bulblike in shape or structure.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bulbous Producing or growing from bulbs: as, bulbous plants.
    • bulbous Pertaining to or resembling a bulb; swelling out; bulb-shaped.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. bulbosus,: cf. F. bulbeux,. See Bulb (n.)


In literature:

The door opened and discovered a short bulbous freshman, just a whit embarrassed as freshmen should be in the presence of royalty.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
The brain is at first a bulbous expansion of the spinal nerve-cord.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
The upper part of a bulbous root, however, was just visible above the surface.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Almost the first vessel he boarded was that commanded by the skipper who owned the bulbous nose.
"As We Sweep Through The Deep" by Gordon Stables
The =stem= is very short, solid, nearly cylindrical, not bulbous.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
Climbing into the sky, a mile off the starboard beam, was an airplane with a bulbous body and queerly slanted wings.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
One bulbous chapel on the south side supplants the usual transept.
"The Cathedrals of Northern France" by Francis Miltoun
It was a square pedestal of adobe, sun-baked hard as stone, upon which sat a queer adobe creature, with a lean body and a great bulbous head.
"A Prairie Infanta" by Eva Wilder Brodhead
A woman who seemed to have a great many teeth and rather bulbous eyes looked up at him.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
S. Giustina has a curious bulbous top, plastered and painted red.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
The face is grotesque, the nose being bulbous, the mouth large, and the lips protruding.
"Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia" by William Henry Holmes
The cross-eyed Q.C., a heavy man with bloated features and a bulbous nose, begged him, with one fat uplifted forefinger, to be very careful.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
They are not bulbous, like onions, but have a long stem, which is principally used.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
He was so happy, and bulbous, and jolly, that he had never thought of marriage.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 9" by Various
Relegar's two big bulbous eyes seemed to grow bigger and bigger, but still the light was reflected only from their surface.
"The Wealth of Echindul" by Noel Miller Loomis
The "grandfather" case was also made in the Low Countries, of generous height, very swelling and bulbous.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
He then bruises the bulbous stalks and squeezes a proportionate quantity of their juice through his hands into the pot.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
It is characterized by upright ears, a high bulbous snout and a grinning mouth.
"Ancient Pottery of the Mississippi Valley" by William H. Holmes
Vast hands were pressed to bulbous heads, and agonized croaks came from gaping mouths.
"The Enormous Room" by Horace Leonard Gold
Bulbous plants should never suffer for water when growing rapidly, yet on the other hand, they are easily ruined if allowed to become sodden.
"Garden and Forest Weekly, Volume 1 No. 1, February 29, 1888" by Various

In poetry:

Now with a humming from the greening skies,
Sphinx moths with course set true,
Shoot forth, torpedoes with a spinning screw,
And bulbous lantern eyes;
"Moths" by Dorothy Violet Wellesley
To whatever variation
Our posterity may turn
Hairy, squashy, or crustacean,
Bulbous-eyed or square of stern,
Tusked or toothless, mild or ruthless,
Towards that unknown god we yearn.
"Evolutionary Hymn" by C S Lewis
"That last remark about the eel
Has also justice that we feel
Quite to our satisfaction.
To-morrow we dispense with fish,
And, for the present, if you wish,
You'll keep your bulbous fraction."
"A Poem Served To Order" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
He nearly drowned in hermit-seeking seas
Of visitors — those voids he had allowed
To suck his soul — damned sycophantic fleas!
Wrenching himself from the besieging crowd,
He gripped with clammy hands and bulbous knees
"The Stylite" by Rainer Maria Rilke

In news:

Bulbous, smelly, yet oh so good is one description of the Allium genus, or onions.
Bulbous , cramped — and fast.
The crew compartment 's landing aboard the bulbous Super Guppy followed the arrival of several smaller trainer parts.
LAS VEGAS – Balls, in all their spheric and bulbous forms, are typically governed by the immutable laws of motion.
Bulbous, cramped — and fast.
Born on a distant planet with a bulbous blue head, he is sent off as a baby to find his destiny on Earth.
A stunted column sporting mysterious control knobs rises amid five hard-plastic bubble chairs in a dingy lobby, bulbous white visitations from the 1980s.
Most surprising, though, is Jude Law, transforming his aquiline features into the dull, bulbous face of Anna 's husband, Karenin.
Would a similar push on US soil find a receptive audience among the bulbous dudes in this country.
Tweeted Mayor Vince Gray, a moment after the 26th president's bulbous avatar soared across the finish line.
That stretch boasts two of the stalls—Vanessa's and Prosperity—that ushered in the dollar-dumpling phenomenon, where a Washington got you five (now four) bulbous pork pot stickers.
Charles Schulz's bulbous-headed boy avatar, Charlie Brown, is the original nerdy comic-book protagonist: a self-aware social misfit who is constantly having success yanked out from under him.
It is a succulent with a bulbous lower trunk that stores water.
So what's that bulbous green thing sprouting like a mushroom at the foot of their driveway.
Begin by finding an inexpensive lamp with a large, bulbous base.

In science:

The curve labeled “Hamamatsu PMT drawing” in Fig. 7 indicates the relative response predicted using the PMT shape specified in the Hamamatsu technical drawing, which is nearly hemispherical but a bit more bulbous.
Phototube tests in the MiniBooNE experiment