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 (bŭl′bəl, -bĭl′)
1. A small bulblike structure produced in the place of a flower or in a leaf axil, and having the ability to develop into a new plant.
2. A bulblet.

[French bulbille, diminutive of bulbe, bulb, from Latin bulbus; see bulb.]
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(ˈbʌlbɪl) or


1. (Botany) a small bulblike organ of vegetative reproduction growing in leaf axils or on flower stalks of plants such as the onion and tiger lily
2. (Botany) any small bulb of a plant
3. (Zoology) any small bulblike structure in an animal
[C19: from New Latin bulbillus, from Latin bulbus bulb]
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(ˈbʌlb lɪt)

a small bulb or bulblike structure, esp. one growing in the axils of leaves or replacing flowers.
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Noun1.bulbil - small bulb or bulb-shaped growth arising from the leaf axil or in the place of flowers
bulb - a modified bud consisting of a thickened globular underground stem serving as a reproductive structure
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Structural and functional characters of the apex of the epiphyllous bulbil of Asplenium viviparum during its development on the mother plant.
Variety of herbs and grasses provide many insects, molluscs and vegetable matter that comprise the diet of many bird species including red vented bulbil Pycnonotus cafer, blue-throat Luscinia svecica, Indian blue robin Saxicoloides fulicata etc.
floribunda, Red Cestrum Cestrum elegans and Bulbil Watsonia Watsonia meriana--are restricted at Mount Cannibal, but have the potential to expand (Adair 2015; pers.
He said cattle markets in those areas were set up include: Mundian Bulbil, Luddan, Gaggu, Ram Kali, Old Shujabad, near fertilizer factory and other places where special arrangements were made for buyers and sellers.
Five bulbs were randomly selected per plot and the following parameters were evaluated after the bulb-curing process: bulb diameter (mm), number of bulbils per bulb, bulbil diameter (mm), bulb mass (g), bulbil mass (g), and total productivity (total bulb weight harvested in g per plot converted to Mg ha-1).
Garlic is a two year-old plant with a bulb composed of a chive and direct stem and at the end has a umbellate flower with some bulbil. Garlic has an ancient history.
The bulbil capsule is long and wrinkled like a dried bean pod.
No evidence for adaptation of two Polygonum viviparum morphotypes of different bulbil characteristics to length of growing season: Abundance, biomass and germination.
BC borable / coracle BF bulbil / fulfil BH baba / haha BJ bay-bay / Jay Jay (FL) BL backband / lackland BN bobwhite / nonwhite BP barbal / parpal BS blurb / slurs BV barbe / varve BX berobed / Xeroxed BZ bibb / zizz BD babble / daddle BG barbet / garget BI habnab / Hainai BK banaba / Kanaka BM barb / mann BO bleb / oleo BR beback / rerack BT barbaric / tartaric BW brab / wraw BY baba / yaya
Bulbil, flower, and seed data were transformed [ln(x +1)] to meet test normality assumptions.