Bulb of the eye
Bulb Bulb (b[u^]lb), n. [L. bulbus, Gr. bolbo`s: cf. F. bulbe.] 1. (Bot.) A spheroidal body growing from a plant either above or below the ground (usually below), which is strictly a bud, consisting of a cluster of partially developed leaves, and producing, as it grows, a stem above, and roots below, as in the onion, tulip, etc. It differs from a corm in not being solid. [1913 Webster]

2. (Anat.) A name given to some parts that resemble in shape certain bulbous roots; as, the bulb of the aorta. [1913 Webster]

{Bulb of the eye}, the eyeball.

{Bulb of a hair}, the ``root,'' or part whence the hair originates.

{Bulb of the spinal cord}, the medulla oblongata, often called simply bulb.

{Bulb of a tooth}, the vascular and nervous papilla contained in the cavity of the tooth. [1913 Webster]

3. An expansion or protuberance on a stem or tube, as the bulb of a thermometer, which may be of any form, as spherical, cylindrical, curved, etc. --Tomlinson. [1913 Webster]

3. a {light bulb}. [1913 Webster]


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