Meaning of bulbil in English:

bulbil

Pronunciation /ˈbʌlbɪl/

noun

Botany
  • A small bulblike structure, in particular one in the axil of a leaf, which may fall to form a new plant.

    ‘If you look closely at the flower head you can see lots of bulbils forming - each one of those will grow into a new plant if it gets the chance.’
    • ‘The fine, young leaves of sprouted garlic bulbils look like newly sprouted grass.’
    • ‘A unique feature of this flower is that the bulbils appear in the leaf axils.’
    • ‘It can reproduce both asexually and through aerial bulbils, which is another reason for its high rank in impact.’
    • ‘This species has sweet and palatable bulbs and also bears clusters of bulbils at the flower head.’

Origin

Mid 19th century from modern Latin bulbillus, diminutive of bulbus ‘onion, bulbous root’.