American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tuberous perennial Mexican herb (Polianthes tuberosa) having grasslike leaves and cultivated for its highly fragrant white flowers.
- adj. Variant of tuberous.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Tuberous; having knobs or tubers.
- n. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A plant (Polianthes tuberosa) with a tuberous root and a liliaceous flower. It is much cultivated for its beautiful and fragrant white blossoms.
- adj. Tuberous.
- n. a tuberous Mexican herb having grasslike leaves and cultivated for its spikes of highly fragrant lily-like waxy white flowers
- From New Latin tūberōsa, species name, from feminine of Latin tūberōsus, full of lumps, from tūber, lump; see tuber. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The tuberose is a strong feeder, and loves warmth, plenty of water while growing, and a deep, rich, and well-drained soil.”
“Encouraged by her mentor, whom she simply calls “Estee,” Aerin recounts tinkering with the tiny vials, learning for the first time to decipher notes such as tuberose and gardenia, which would later become some of her favorite scents.”
“She held out a bouquet of basil and a long stem of tuberose, an unusual but successful combination; to this day those scents immediately transport me into the past.”
“I bought the Floral kit since I love anything with white flowers -- tuberose, gardenia and jasmine.”
“I came from a family of tuberose wearers, my mother wore tuberose, my grandmother wore tuberose, so I always knew I would make a tuberose perfume.”
“Memories of tuberose, an intensely fragrant white flower, aside, what's striking is that Kilian's family is the Hennessy family, as in Hennessy Cognac.”
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“The Off Duty 50 2. In Amoureuse, perfumers DelRae Roth and Michel Roudnitska have raised tuberose to its most opulent, while cutting its richness with tangerine, cardamom and feminine Tahitian lily. $135, parfumsdelrae.com 3. From Frédéric Malle comes the aptly named Carnal Flower, created by perfumer Dominique Ropion.”
“But if you have a space to grow, why not begin in the garden, in conceiving original dried blends: meadowsweet, verbena, bergamot, gardenia, tuberose, thyme, honeysuckle, sage and violet.”
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