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  • Protruding; bulging.

    ‘his protuberant eyes fluttered open’
    • ‘When this rounded contour appears to be greater than normal, the abdomen is said to be bulging or protuberant.’
    • ‘He had a rather large abdomen and protuberant (for want of a better word) buttocks.’
    • ‘How long before the protuberant outer ear is lopped?’
    • ‘The protuberant eyes, big nose and tightly shut mouth give the guardian god a gracious, rather than awesome, appearance.’
    • ‘He peered up at me with his protuberant glass-bead eyes, and I stared down at him through my reading glasses.’
    • ‘On physical examination, the patient was obese, with a protuberant abdomen but without palpable splenomegaly.’
    • ‘The gargoyles on the outside of the theatre were particularly hideous, with protuberant tongues, pointed teeth, slits for eyes and sharp claws; despite this Lucy had named them like pet animals before she knew it.’
    • ‘The tumors may be bluish, red-brown or flesh-colored and slowly infiltrate the surrounding tissues, eventually forming protuberant nodules and causing discomfort.’
    • ‘In severe cases, this results in impaired pulmonary function, a protuberant abdomen, and - because of compressed abdominal organs - early satiety and weight loss.’
    • ‘In some instances, a tight belt or other poorly fitted clothing can cause nerve root irritation, especially in physically unfit persons with protuberant abdomens.’
    • ‘Internally, their protuberant eyes have cones above for color vision and rods below for monochromatic vision, allowing the fish to see both above and below water at the same time.’
    • ‘The aura of a mad childhood is created mainly by McCarthy's constant use of cartoon figures and grotesque rubbery masks, often with protuberant noses.’
    • ‘The semicircle of his high, wide forehead swung down to the protuberant knobs of his cheekbones, and then tapered, concaving to the pointy bulb of his chin.’
    • ‘The eyes were two emeralds, strangely protuberant.’
    • ‘Its hard, protuberant cones can't be concealed even under the largest sweatshirt you can wear in the office.’
    • ‘It is not unusual for a child with an abdominal mass to present because a family member notices a protuberant mass.’
    • ‘My fluffy white pillow was uncomfortably protuberant and I couldn't sleep all night.’
    • ‘He was a short, balding man who was fairly thin, except for his quite large and protuberant beer belly.’
    • ‘He turned his face resignedly back to the path, just in time to avoid tripping over a protuberant root.’
    • ‘He had these giant protuberant moles on his brow that vibrated when he yelled.’
    bulging, bulbous, popping, swelling, swollen, distended, sticking out, jutting, jutting out, protruding
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/prəˈto͞ob(ə)rənt/ /prəˈtub(ə)rənt/


Late 16th century from late Latin protuberant- ‘swelling out’, from the verb protuberare, from pro- ‘forward, out’ + tuber ‘bump’.