Definition of bulbil in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbəlbəl/


A small bulblike structure, especially in the axil of a leaf or at the base of a stem, that may form a new plant.
Example sentences
  • If you look closely at the flower head you can see lots of bulbils forming - each one of those will grow into a new plant if it gets the chance.
  • The fine, young leaves of sprouted garlic bulbils look like newly sprouted grass.
  • A unique feature of this flower is that the bulbils appear in the leaf axils.


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin bulbillus, diminutive of bulbus 'onion, bulbous root'.

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Syllabification: bul·bil

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