tuber

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Tuber type genus of the Tuberaceae: fungi whose fruiting bodies are typically truffles
    • n tuber a fleshy underground stem or root serving for reproductive and food storage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Truffles, or mushrooms that grow below the ground, are one of the world's most expensive foods. One variety, Tuber melanosporum, can cost between $800 and $1,500 a pound.
    • Tuber (Bot) A fleshy, rounded stem or root, usually containing starchy matter, as the potato or arrowroot; a thickened root-stock. See Illust. of Tuberous.
    • Tuber (Bot) A genus of fungi. See Truffle.
    • Tuber (Anat) A tuberosity; a tubercle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tuber In botany, a subterranean body, usually of an oblong or rounded form, consisting morphologically of a stolon-like branch of a rhizome, much thickened, commonly at the end, and beset with “eyes,” which are properly modified axillary buds. Some of these buds normally sprout the second season, giving rise to a new plant, for the nourishment of which the tuber is richly stored with starch. Typical examples are the common potato and the Jerusalem artichoke (see Helianthus, with cut); less familiar are the tubers of the dwarf dandelion (Krigia Dandelion), the American ground-nut (Apios tuberosa) and the ground-nut of Great Britain, Conopodium denudatum (Bunium flexuosum). Moniliform tubers occur, as in Equisetum fluviatile (see moniliform) and Hydrocotyle Americana (see Hydrocotyle). Strictly, the tuber is to be distinguished from the tubercle (see tubercle ) and the tuberous root (see tuberous); but the term often embraces these, especially the former.
    • n tuber A genus of subterranean discomycetous fungi, the truffles, having the peridium warty or tubercled, without definite base, the asci ovoid or globose, and one- to three- or (rarely) four-spored. About 50 species are known. T. æstivum is the common truffle. See truffle (with cut).
    • n tuber In pathol., anat., and zoology, some rounded swelling part; a tuberosity; a tubercle; a knot or swelling which is not the result of disease: used chiefly as a Latin word (with Latin plural tubera).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tuber tū′bėr a knob in roots: a rounded, fleshy underground stem, as in the potato, formed by a part of the stem becoming thick and fleshy: a swelling
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a hump. knob; probably akin to tumere, to swell. Cf. Tumid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tuber, a swelling, from root of L. tumēre, to swell.

Usage

In literature:

Tubers large, and often irregular in form; skin and flesh white; quality watery, and somewhat insipid.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Bulbs and Tuberous Roots.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Messrs. Tuber, Root and Co. Price 3s.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, March 18, 1914" by Various
The tubers are far larger.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
As we advanced we looked out anxiously for the tuber-bearing plants, but not one could we see.
"Adventures in Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
A brief examination of some of the tubers showed us that they were full grown.
"Yorke The Adventurer" by Louis Becke
It is found in the tuber of the dahlia, in the dandelion, and some other plants.
"Elements of Agricultural Chemistry" by Thomas Anderson
The nutritious qualities of the tubers of the potato had been discovered.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
TRAIL, R., on the union of half-tubers of different kinds of potatoes, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
There on a patch of soil where some bear had been grubbing for tubers he detected a strange footprint.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The tubers are available in nine or ten months after planting.
"The Hawaiian Islands" by The Department of Foreign Affairs
After frost dig the little tubers up and keep in dry sand in the cellar.
"The Mayflower, January, 1905" by Various
Those woody looking tubers had been freshly picked.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
His burrowings uncovered a wrinkled gray object from which the green leaves were growing, a root or tuber of some kind.
"The Ethical Engineer" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey
The tubers are only used for pickling.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
The tuber peonies are transplanted each year or in some way kept small and the blossoms are lovely and little.
"Letters from China and Japan" by John Dewey
When the harvest came she gave the devil the tops and herself took all the tubers.
"The Shoemaker's Apron" by Parker Fillmore
Potatoes, in common with other tuber and root crops, will utilize plenty of potassium in the development of starch.
"A Living from the Land" by William B. Duryee
Plant out potato tubers.
"Small Gardens" by Violet Purton Biddle
Some have creeping root-stocks or tubers.
"Seeds of Michigan Weeds" by W. J. (William James) Beal
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In poetry:

'Listen, now, verse should be as natural
As the small tuber that feeds on muck
And grows slowly from obtuse soil
To the white flower of immortal beauty.'
"Poetry for Supper" by R S Thomas

In news:

The Tuber that Flavors Horchata.
After teaching us how to plant dahlias , she returns to GardenDesign.com to show us how to dig up and store dahlia tubers for the winter.
The abdominal angiographic spectrum of tuberous sclerosis.
Jicama Tuber Juice for Skin Care.
Whether you buy them at the farmers' market or the supermarket, be sure the tubers are superhard.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension Service says the tubers are edible, but you probably don't want to eat them.
He said there have been some near drownings, and many tubers have had to be rescued from danger.
In the tropics, this plant can produce underground tubers up to 3 feet long, but in our cooler climate, its tubers are likely to be much smaller, restricting its value as a food source.
Sheriff's Office calls off search for Puyallup River inner tuber .
Search called off for missing Puyallup River inner tuber .
Inner tuber swept away, missing on Puyallup River.
If you do, you may have run across a You Tuber by the name of Flula.
It is in these lowly tubers , scientists at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture say, that the continent will find a way to feed itself no matter what.
Tuber troubles on city schools test.
Thursday's Child: Meet Andrew the Winter Tuber.
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