Definition of ventricose in English:

ventricose

Syllabification: ven·tri·cose
Pronunciation: /ˈventrəˌkōs
 
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adjective

1Having a protruding belly.
More example sentences
  • The term is also used when something is only swollen on one side, giving the ventricose object a profile like a person with a beer-belly.
2 Botany Distended, inflated.
More example sentences
  • In most cases, even slender specimens are generally shorter and more ventricose than typical fulica.
  • In B. flabellifer the stem is not ventricose and the leaves have fewer, less rigid leaflets, forming a deeply grooved surface.

Origin

mid 18th century: formed irregularly from ventricle + -ose1.

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