Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tuberous perennial Mexican herb (Polianthes tuberosa) having grasslike leaves and cultivated for its highly fragrant white flowers.
  • adj. Variant of tuberous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Mexican tuberous plant (Polianthes tuberosa) that has white flowers and grass-like leaves

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant (Polianthes tuberosa) with a tuberous root and a liliaceous flower. It is much cultivated for its beautiful and fragrant white blossoms.
  • adj. Tuberous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tuberous; having knobs or tubers.
  • n. A garden and greenhouse bulb, Polianthes tuberosa, much cultivated for its creamy-white, exceedingly fragrant flowers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a tuberous Mexican herb having grasslike leaves and cultivated for its spikes of highly fragrant lily-like waxy white flowers

Etymologies

From New Latin tūberōsa, species name, from feminine of Latin tūberōsus, full of lumps, from tūber, lump; see tuber.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The tuberose is a blond European import, sold to the harem by the pirates... to Sultan Aoud she is exotic, alluring and irresistible...

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  • The tuberose is a strong feeder, and loves warmth, plenty of water while growing, and a deep, rich, and well-drained soil.

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  • Encouraged by her mentor, whom she simply calls “Estee,” Aerin recounts tinkering with the tiny vials, learning for the first time to decipher notes such as tuberose and gardenia, which would later become some of her favorite scents.

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  • She held out a bouquet of basil and a long stem of tuberose, an unusual but successful combination; to this day those scents immediately transport me into the past.

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  • I bought the Floral kit since I love anything with white flowers -- tuberose, gardenia and jasmine.

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  • I came from a family of tuberose wearers, my mother wore tuberose, my grandmother wore tuberose, so I always knew I would make a tuberose perfume.

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  • Memories of tuberose, an intensely fragrant white flower, aside, what's striking is that Kilian's family is the Hennessy family, as in Hennessy Cognac.

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  • Catch a whiff of Indian summer with alluring tuberose.

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  • The Off Duty 50 2. In Amoureuse, perfumers DelRae Roth and Michel Roudnitska have raised tuberose to its most opulent, while cutting its richness with tangerine, cardamom and feminine Tahitian lily. $135, parfumsdelrae.com 3. From Frédéric Malle comes the aptly named Carnal Flower, created by perfumer Dominique Ropion.

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  • But if you have a space to grow, why not begin in the garden, in conceiving original dried blends: meadowsweet, verbena, bergamot, gardenia, tuberose, thyme, honeysuckle, sage and violet.

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