• WordNet 3.6
    • n tuberose a tuberous Mexican herb having grasslike leaves and cultivated for its spikes of highly fragrant lily-like waxy white flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tuberose (Bot) A plant (Polianthes tuberosa) with a tuberous root and a liliaceous flower. It is much cultivated for its beautiful and fragrant white blossoms.
    • a Tuberose Tuberous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tuberose Tuberous; having knobs or tubers.
    • n tuberose A garden and greenhouse bulb, Polianthes tuberosa, much cultivated for its creamy-white, exceedingly fragrant flowers. These have a funnel-shaped perianth with thick lobes, often doubled, and are racemed at the summit of a wand-like stem 2 or 3 feet high. An American variety called the pearl has a much lower stem with larger flowers, and is preferred for forcing. In northern latitudes the bulbs are imported—in Europe, from France and Italy, and in the northern United States, formerly from Europe, but they are now grown in Florida and Georgia, or even in New Jersey. Where the season is short, the bulb is sprouted under cover before setting out. The tuberose affords a perfumer's oil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Tuberose having, or consisting of, tubers: knobbed
    • n Tuberose tū′be-rōs or tūb′rōz a genus of Liliaceæ—the Common Tuberose, a garden and greenhouse bulb, having creamy-white, fragrant flowers.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. G. tuberose, F. tubéreuse, NL. Polianthes tuberosa,. See Tuberous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From L. tuberosa, tuberous, used in the botanical name Polianthes tuberosa; the second pronunciation shows popular confusion with rose.


In literature:

The fragrance of tuberoses and carnations came in their faces.
"Jane Field" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The air was heavy with the overpowering scent of tuberoses.
"Flower of the Dusk" by Myrtle Reed
For Marie Corelli, tuberoses and embalming fluid.
"Damn!" by Henry Louis Mencken
C. The tuberosity of the ischium.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
She was all in black, her face wax-white, a little black hat on her wonderful golden-red hair, and in her breast a tuberose.
"The Other Side of the Door" by Lucia Chamberlain
Their perfume seemed to choke her, like the deadly tuberoses piled upon a coffin.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
In all the other trees, the tuberosities are of no value whatever.
"Intarsia and Marquetry" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Weary with a heavy night and with evil dreams, the Prince Fortemain stood on one side of the throne with his white tuberose in his hand.
"The Flower Princess" by Abbie Farwell Brown
Premaxillae raised into tuberosities in front of the nostrils.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various
Males have dark brown horny nuptial tuberosities on the thumb.
"The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacán, México" by William E. Duellman

In poetry:

Stay yet awhile;—let not the chill October
Plant spires of glinting frost about his bed;
Nor shower her faded leaves, so brown and sober,
Among the tuberoses above his head.
"Written in a Cemetary" by Kate Seymour Maclean
So would some tuberose delight,
That struck the pilgrim's wondering sight
'Mid lonely deserts drear;
All as at eve, the sovereign flower
Dispenses round its balmy power,
And crowns the fragrant year.
"A Pastoral Ode. To the Hon. Sir Richard Lyttleton" by William Shenstone
The sudden Thought of your Face is like a Wound
When it comes unsought
On some scent of Jasmin, Lilies, or pale Tuberose.
Any one of the sweet white fragrant flowers,
Flowers I used to love and lay in your hair.
"Reminiscence Of Mahomed Akram" by Laurence Hope

In news:

While musk and tuberose are commonly tied to sensual scents, crisper types with lavender, lily of the valley, and orange also have a come-hither effect.
But what really got my attention was when Sanford told me that she distills one of their floral oils, tuberose, via enfleurage—a very old method rarely seen in the twenty-first century.
Injury commonly recurs and usually affects the portion of the muscle that attaches to the ischial tuberosity, otherwise known as the "sit" bone.