from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A swollen, fleshy, usually underground stem of a plant, such as the potato, bearing buds from which new plant shoots arise.
- n. A rounded projection or swelling; a tubercle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fleshy, thickened underground stem of a plant, usually containing stored starch, as for example a potato or arrowroot.
- n. A thickened "root-stock".
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fleshy, rounded stem or root, usually containing starchy matter, as the potato or arrowroot; a thickened root-stock. See Illust. of tuberous.
- n. A genus of fungi. See truffle.
- n. A tuberosity; a tubercle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, a subterranean body, usually of an oblong or rounded form, consisting morphologically of a stolon-like branch of a rhizome, much thickened, commonly at the end, and beset with “eyes,” which are properly modified axillary buds.
- n. A genus of subterranean discomycetous fungi, the truffles, having the peridium warty or tubercled, without definite base, the asci ovoid or globose, and one- to three- or (rarely) four-spored. About 50 species are known. T. æstivum is the common truffle. See truffle (with cut).
- n. In pathol., anat., and zoology, some rounded swelling part; a tuberosity; a tubercle; a knot or swelling which is not the result of disease: used chiefly as a Latin word (with Latin plural tubera).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fleshy underground stem or root serving for reproductive and food storage
- n. type genus of the Tuberaceae: fungi whose fruiting bodies are typically truffles
Now, I can't really comment on his career and if he really was like the potato, but what he said about the tuber, is something I can concur with.
And thus began the investigation of how this tasty tuber is used here and its place in the country's culinary history.
Round or elongated, firm-fleshed and quite gourmet, this tuber is becoming a hit on the culinary scene at fine restaurants ...
Potatoes are propagated by what are called sets, that is, pieces into which the tuber is cut, each of which contains a bud or eye.
It therefore becomes necessary to develop specific storage methods for each root and tuber, which is illustrated by the great variety of traditional storage systems.
The central tuber, which is the biggest and yet soft, is the one chiefly used for food.
The tuber is the _Topinambour_, and _Pois de terre_ of the French; having been brought to Europe in 1617.
 A tuber is a swollen, fleshy bud that will grow on the part of the stem that is buried in the soil, they create shoots where a new plant with someday grow.
It is under threat from urbanisation - the construction of roads and shopping malls - and from over-exploitation - in places where the plant still occurs in Namibia, South African and Botswana, harvesting is uncontrolled and often involves uprooting of its tuber, which is rich in starch.
Schmidt said, "A tuber is a tumor, they call it a tuber because of the way that it grows, it kind of more like potatoish."