from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of ornamental plants of the order Amaryllideæ and tribe Agaveæ, characterized by the long undivided raceme bearing twin flowers with a prominent and incurved tube dilated upward into thick, spreading lobes, by the conical ovary within the base of the perianth, and by the short, erect, tuberous rootstock.
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- noun genus of perennial tuberous herbs having lily-like flowers; Mexico; sometimes placed in family Amaryllidaceae
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 "The Malayans style the tuberose (_polianthes tuberosa_) Sandal