Definition of bulbous in English:



  • 1Fat, round, or bulging.

    ‘a bulbous nose’
    • ‘Beneath his shiny pate and bulbous nose is true divinity, a noble being of omnipotent powers and perceptions.’
    • ‘Forlorn eyes, a bulbous nose and sweeping cheekbones (reminiscent of Faye Dunaway, but in a manly sort of way) complete the landscape.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He points out a transport plane 100 yards away, its nose bulbous with surveillance equipment.’
    • ‘It will only serve to make your nose look huge and bulbous.’
    • ‘Men with giant hands, bulbous noses and bulging eyes congregate and argue over the price of gangs of horses.’
    • ‘WC Fields looms round and grumpy, his bulbous nose glowing, piggy eyes shut from lack of sleep.’
    • ‘They are fairly small - about one metre tall and weigh around 35 kilograms, with thick bodies, skinny legs, huge eyes and bulbous noses.’
    • ‘I imagine his face as a Mr Potato Head and give him a bulbous nose and a painted, upturned mouth.’
    • ‘‘Oh, stand up straight,’ the king said, blushing to the tip of his bulbous red nose.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The papers had begun to paint him soft, the cartoonists exaggerating his expanding beltline, and inflating his bulbous nose for comic effect.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Hull shape is of round bilge construction with bulbous bow and sterns keg, flared stem and transom stern.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His face is arresting up close; arched eyebrows and a bulbous nose combine to produce an irregular handsomeness.’
    • ‘Of middling height, Arnold was badly overweight, with the bulbous red nose and watery eyes of someone long lost to the bottle.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘Always cut as little foliage as possible when cutting flowers from your bulbous plants.’
    • ‘Next up is celeriac, a large bulbous root vegetable that tastes very much like celery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Almost no bulbous plants are native to this part of the world.’
    • ‘The best-known species of this bulbous plant is the Star-of-Bethlehem.’
    • ‘This is one of the most spectacular flowering bulbous plants you can grow indoors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Hippeastrum, striking bulbous plants, with large trumpet-like leaves, go by the general name of Amaryliis.’
    • ‘This species of pelargonium is indigenous to the Eastern Cape and grows wild, sending out long bulbous roots deep into the ground.’
    • ‘Green leek leaves were used in salads; the bulbous base was cooked; and the plant was also used as a flavouring.’
    • ‘It is far better if the grass does not grow too fast while the leaves of the bulbous plants are still growing.’
    • ‘In early spring, white-flowering bulbous cress and waxy yellow swamp buttercup provide bright splashes on the forest floor.’
    • ‘This bulbous plant originally comes from the warm regions of the United States, specifically California, and is not entirely winter hardy.’
    • ‘They should be planted with a small portion of the bulbous part protruding just above the ground.’
    • ‘Of these, G. nivalis, or the Common snowdrop, is the most familiar one as well as being the earliest flowering bulbous plant.’
    • ‘Another very hardy summer bulbous plant is the zephyranthes lily.’
    • ‘Also excellent in a rock garden are low-growing bushy bulbous plants such as Anemone blanda, Oxalis adenophylla and Allium karataviense.’
    • ‘Like so many other bulbous plants, Ipheion cannot tolerate wet soil.’
    • ‘Remarkably, this bulbous plant is relatively unknown.’
    • ‘Completing the picture of the perfect bulbous plant, is the fact that hyacinths are very easy to bring into flower.’