Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small bulblike structure produced in the place of a flower or in a leaf axil, and having the ability to develop into a new plant.
  • noun A bulblet.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as bulblet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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 bulblet and brood bud.
  • noun (Anat.) A small hollow bulb, such as an enlargement in a small vessel or tube.

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  • noun botany A bulb-shaped bud in the place of a flower or in a leaf axil

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun small bulb or bulb-shaped growth arising from the leaf axil or in the place of flowers

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French bulbille, diminutive of bulbe, bulb, from Latin bulbus; see bulb.]

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    July 12, 2015

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