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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bulbil small bulb or bulb-shaped growth arising from the leaf axil or in the place of flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bulbil (Anat) A small hollow bulb, such as an enlargement in a small vessel or tube.
    • Bulbil (Bot) A small or secondary bulb; hence, now almost exclusively: An aĆ«rial bulb or deciduous bud, produced in the leaf axils, as in the tiger lily, or relpacing the flowers, as in some onions, and capable, when separated, of propagating the plant; -- called also bulblet and brood bud.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bulbil Same as bulblet.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dim. fr. bulb,


In literature:

Still another vegetative method of reproduction is that by bulbils or gemmae.
"Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XXI., No. 531, March 6, 1886" by Various
A swollen bud or bulbil in this situation is not uncommon in some cultivated tulips and lilies.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
The bulbils should not be detached from the stems until the latter are quite ripe, and the foliage shows signs of withering.
"Beautiful Bulbous Plants" by John Weathers