Definition of bulbous in English:

bulbous

adjective

  • 1Fat, round, or bulging.

    ‘a bulbous nose’
    • ‘Of middling height, Arnold was badly overweight, with the bulbous red nose and watery eyes of someone long lost to the bottle.’
    • ‘The Hull shape is of round bilge construction with bulbous bow and sterns keg, flared stem and transom stern.’
    • ‘Men with giant hands, bulbous noses and bulging eyes congregate and argue over the price of gangs of horses.’
    • ‘They are fairly small - about one metre tall and weigh around 35 kilograms, with thick bodies, skinny legs, huge eyes and bulbous noses.’
    • ‘It will only serve to make your nose look huge and bulbous.’
    • ‘‘Oh, stand up straight,’ the king said, blushing to the tip of his bulbous red nose.’
    • ‘Beneath his shiny pate and bulbous nose is true divinity, a noble being of omnipotent powers and perceptions.’
    • ‘The papers had begun to paint him soft, the cartoonists exaggerating his expanding beltline, and inflating his bulbous nose for comic effect.’
    • ‘Hope, with the perfect eyesight of youth, could see that he was squinting into the darkness and noticed he was without the gold-rimmed spectacles which usually perched on the end of his bulbous nose.’
    • ‘For example, if a patient has a crooked nose, bulbous tip, and dorsal hump, the physician has to analyze each element accurately and explain the situation to the patient.’
    • ‘I imagine his face as a Mr Potato Head and give him a bulbous nose and a painted, upturned mouth.’
    • ‘His face is arresting up close; arched eyebrows and a bulbous nose combine to produce an irregular handsomeness.’
    • ‘Forlorn eyes, a bulbous nose and sweeping cheekbones (reminiscent of Faye Dunaway, but in a manly sort of way) complete the landscape.’
    • ‘WC Fields looms round and grumpy, his bulbous nose glowing, piggy eyes shut from lack of sleep.’
    • ‘He points out a transport plane 100 yards away, its nose bulbous with surveillance equipment.’
    • ‘The square jaws and full lips, for example, the thick eyebrows that build up in the middle, the bulbous nose and chin, the long neck all allude to a particular rather than generic person.’
    • ‘His face is a vertical edifice offset by a bulbous, somewhat aquiline nose, lined with sunken black eyes that have clearly observed the Hollywood abattoir too many times.’
    • ‘And at the bow six more torpedo tubes could clearly be seen, though from drawings of the bulbous nose I had expected to find eight, along with the two amidships and one at the stern.’
    • ‘Fouche, the head of Napoleon's secret police, a stocky man with a bulbous nose, leaned back in his chair and puffed on a cigar.’
    • ‘Instead, a long bow extruded from the bulbous nose of the ship and connected with the engine at the back, there was nothing in between.’
    bulging, round, fat, rotund, swollen, spherical, swelling, distended, bloated, protuberant, ovoid, convex, pear-shaped, bulb-shaped, balloon-shaped
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  • 2(of a plant) growing from a bulb.

    ‘the bulbous buttercup’
    • ‘Although the Hippeastrum can be grown outside in the garden in climatic zones 9 and 10, this bulbous plant is still much more suitable for bringing into flower indoors.’
    • ‘In early spring, white-flowering bulbous cress and waxy yellow swamp buttercup provide bright splashes on the forest floor.’
    • ‘This species of pelargonium is indigenous to the Eastern Cape and grows wild, sending out long bulbous roots deep into the ground.’
    • ‘Next up is celeriac, a large bulbous root vegetable that tastes very much like celery.’
    • ‘Another very hardy summer bulbous plant is the zephyranthes lily.’
    • ‘The best-known species of this bulbous plant is the Star-of-Bethlehem.’
    • ‘Always cut as little foliage as possible when cutting flowers from your bulbous plants.’
    • ‘Almost no bulbous plants are native to this part of the world.’
    • ‘They should be planted with a small portion of the bulbous part protruding just above the ground.’
    • ‘The Hippeastrum, striking bulbous plants, with large trumpet-like leaves, go by the general name of Amaryliis.’
    • ‘Also excellent in a rock garden are low-growing bushy bulbous plants such as Anemone blanda, Oxalis adenophylla and Allium karataviense.’
    • ‘It is far better if the grass does not grow too fast while the leaves of the bulbous plants are still growing.’
    • ‘Green leek leaves were used in salads; the bulbous base was cooked; and the plant was also used as a flavouring.’
    • ‘Remarkably, this bulbous plant is relatively unknown.’
    • ‘Like so many other bulbous plants, Ipheion cannot tolerate wet soil.’
    • ‘Of these, G. nivalis, or the Common snowdrop, is the most familiar one as well as being the earliest flowering bulbous plant.’
    • ‘This bulbous plant originally comes from the warm regions of the United States, specifically California, and is not entirely winter hardy.’
    • ‘This is one of the most spectacular flowering bulbous plants you can grow indoors.’
    • ‘Completing the picture of the perfect bulbous plant, is the fact that hyacinths are very easy to bring into flower.’
    • ‘As evidence to the fact that it is one of the most winter hardy of the little bulbous plants, Scilla siberica can be found growing in Central Russia.’

Pronunciation

bulbous

/ˈbʌlbəs/