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

  • adj. Inflated, swollen, or distended, especially on one side: the ventricose gullet of an insect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. distended; corpulent
  • adj. Broadest in the middle and tapering toward the ends

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Swelling out on one side or unequally; bellied; ventricular.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a large abdomen'; corpulent.
  • In botany, swelling out in the middle; swelling unequally, or inflated on one side; distended; inflated; bellied: as, a ventricose corolla or perianth.
  • In conchology, ventricous. See ventricous, .

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

  • adj. having a swelling on one side


New Latin ventricōsus, from Latin venter, ventr-, belly.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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