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
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
bulbletand brood bud.
- noun (Anat.) A small hollow bulb, such as an enlargement in a small vessel or tube.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun botany A bulb-shaped
budin 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
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.