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1A thing that protrudes from something else:‘some dinosaurs evolved protuberances on top of their heads’
bump, lump, knob, hump, jut, projection, prominence, protrusion, overhang, eminence, ledge, shelf, ridge, swelling, bulge, excrescence, outgrowth, growth, carbuncleView synonyms
- ‘The cell containing the infection thread, or the neighbouring cell, has green-stained protuberances on its periclinal walls.’
- ‘The protuberances remain small during initiation of the first sepals, and they disappear completely in the course of floral development.’
- ‘Others suggest that protuberances from the epidermis increased photosynthetic surface area on plants that were now growing taller, with thicker stems and more biomass to support.’
- ‘If you don't take these weedy protuberances for a failed hanging basket display, you might be interested to learn it is designed to mark the passage of time over 12 years, which is how long it takes a good whisky to mature.’
- ‘Beetles are usually identified by observing differences in the male's genitalia, which sport all sorts of uncomfortable-looking protuberances.’
- ‘Beaked whales, distinguished by the strange, teeth-like protuberances from their lower jaws, have been around virtually unchanged for 30 million years, but are still the least studied large mammal in the world.’
- ‘In his large-scale drawings, body organs morph into metallic configurations with colorful, yet indistinct protuberances.’
- ‘A number of works, however, feature clusters of dark, leathery-looking, phallic protuberances and spiky forms that suggest the shapes of devil's horns mentioned in the poems.’
- ‘And, as mentioned earlier, the ceramics are sexy, with their curves and protuberances and hidden spaces.’
- ‘Some specimens formed massive attachment structures from the protuberances on the transverse ridges.’
- ‘The tree is grand and huge, its girth perhaps five metres, and the knotted protuberances of the base cover a huge area.’
- ‘Another feature of this patent was the use of protuberances, which interlocked into holes in the joint plates to keep an extended rule straight when open.’
- ‘The ridges form irregularly situated protuberances that house hollow spines usually 0.05-0.06 mm wide and up to 0.12 mm long.’
- ‘There you will find a pair of hard protuberances lying flush to its scales.’
- ‘It has very few bumps or protuberances, and the surface has as mirror-like a sheen as you can get from white plastic.’
- ‘Almost elephantine with its twin probosci and large, intelligent eyes, it alternated between curling the forward lobes into tight horn-like protuberances or dropping them down to shovel plankton into its cavernous maw.’
- ‘During a class on operant conditioning, I asked whether anyone had placed a rat trained to press a bar for food into a naturalistic setting to see if it would get on its hind legs to press twigs or similar protuberances.’
- ‘Some of their protuberances project close to a metre above what can be vaguely discerned as the original road surface.’
- ‘Interrill flow, also known as sheet flow, sheet wash, or slope wash, generally appears as a thin layer of water with threads of deeper, faster flow diverging and converging around surface protuberances, rocks, and vegetation.’
- ‘One could lean over from one of those little teensy protuberances of rock, ice, gravel and snow and stare straight down at infinity.’
- 1.1[mass noun] The fact or state of protruding:‘the large size and protuberance of the incisors’
sticking out, jutting, projection, projecting, obtrusion, obtruding, prominence, protrusionView synonyms
- ‘The placoderms and chondrichthyans both show at least some capsular protuberance of the braincase, but the braincase is a single, undivided mass, whether or not ossified.’
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