Definitions

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

  • adjective Resembling a bulb in shape; rounded or swollen.
  • adjective Botany Bearing bulbs or growing from a bulb.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective curving outward
  • adjective shaped like a bulb

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

bulb +‎ -ous or alteration of Latin bulbosus

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

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

    Budapest Times

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

    Budapest Times

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

    Budapest Times

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  • Goes great with "bouffant"

    December 3, 2006