Definition of tuberose in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈt(y)o͞obəˌrōs//ˈt(y)o͞obəˌrōz/


  • 1A Mexican plant of the agave family, with heavily scented white waxy flowers and a bulblike base. Unknown in the wild, it was formerly cultivated as a flavoring for chocolate; the flower oil is used in perfumery.

    • ‘The most sumptuous and heady of fragrances, these feature exotic flowers like Bulgarian rose, jasmine and tuberose, as well as mysterious musks, woods and other exotic essences.’
    • ‘Cooling fountains mask traffic noise, while hummingbirds and butterflies explore the charms of tuberoses, heliotrope, and other plants chosen for their sensual appeal.’
    • ‘There, after tilling and amending the soil, he planted roses, perennials, and a smattering of seasonal tubers, such as dahlias and tuberoses.’
    • ‘Fragrant tuberoses, jackmentias, succulent cactus varieties, the milky bush and palm varieties, including the Royal Palms, can be used for avenue borders.’
    • ‘Lavender is perfect for a summer afternoon, but a moonlit evening calls for the heady scent of gardenia or tuberose.’
  • 2

    variant spelling of tuberous


Mid 17th century: tuberose from Latin tuberosa, feminine of tuberosus with protuberances; tuberose from Latin tuberosus.