American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small bulb or bulblike structure in the place of a flower or in a leaf axil, as in a tiger lily.
- n. A bulblet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as bulblet.
- n. botany A bulb-shaped bud in the place of a flower or in a leaf axil
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A small or secondary bulb; hence, now almost exclusively: An aërial bulb or deciduous bud, produced in the leaf axils, as in the tiger lily, or relpacing the flowers, as in some onions, and capable, when separated, of propagating the plant; -- called also
bulbletand brood bud.
- n. (Anat.) A small hollow bulb, such as an enlargement in a small vessel or tube.
- n. small bulb or bulb-shaped growth arising from the leaf axil or in the place of flowers
- French bulbille, diminutive of bulbe, bulb, from Latin bulbus; see bulb. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A bulbil is a bud which becomes an independent plant before it commences to elongate; it is generally fleshy, somewhat after the manner of a bulb, hence its name.”
“Have a marvelous day. ps If you have a few to spare, may I please have a bulbil!”
“A swollen bud or bulbil in this situation is not uncommon in some cultivated tulips and lilies.”
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