Definitions

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

  • adj. Resembling a bulb in shape; rounded or swollen: a bulbous nose; a bulbous stem base.
  • adj. Botany Bearing bulbs or growing from a bulb.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the shape of or resembling a bulb, bloated.
  • adj. Overweight and round in shape.
  • adj. Growing from a bulb or producing bulbs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having or containing bulbs, or a bulb; growing from bulbs; bulblike in shape or structure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Producing or growing from bulbs: as, bulbous plants.
  • Pertaining to or resembling a bulb; swelling out; bulb-shaped.

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

  • adj. curving outward
  • adj. shaped like a bulb

Etymologies

bulb +‎ -ous or alteration of Latin bulbosus (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Octopus Studios 'tropical/freshwater fish-tanks assembles into a kind of fishy habitrail, wherein bulbous spheres of water are connected by diagonal tubes.

    Boing Boing

  • The same occurs in bulbous rooted plants raised from seed; they die annually, and produce others rather more perfect than the parent for several years, and then produce sexual flowers.

    Canto II

  • But Mr. Ferry seemed pleased at the prospect, though not by the glasses that Mr. Narváez produced, which Mr. Ferry called "bulbous."

    Bryan Ferry

  • The Mad Hatter is a kind of bulbous, ancient harlequin, while Alice is a doe-eyed anime princess.

    Boing Boing

  • Nearly every kind of bulbous roots, if not previously planted, may now be put in the earth.

    The Book of Sports: Containing Out-door Sports, Amusements and Recreations, Including Gymnastics, Gardening & Carpentering

  • The nose was flat, "bulbous," with a very rounding end, and deeply indented at root.

    The Negrito and Allied Types in the Philippines and The Ilongot or Ibilao of Luzon

  • The interior of the restaurant is a mixture of rustic elements such as bulbous fabric lamps, and warm Mediterranean colours.

    Budapest Times

  • Was there really a time when a band could expect to do good business with 21 minute-long songs in 9 / 8 time about supernatural experiences involving the spirit of the pharaoh Akhenaten, performed by a vocalist dressed as a kind of bulbous alien with an inflatable penis?

    Culture | guardian.co.uk

  • The thumb and forefingers of his other hand, hooked under his wide belt, struggled to pull his khaki trousers up over his bulbous belly.

    RUBYRED AND PARSHOOTER

  • During commercial breaks, she made herself honeyless green tea, imagined the bulbous grey nests growing in the attic, amassing additional layers, until the tip of her home was saturated with the winged insects.

    Paper Lanterns

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