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See also: protubérance



From French protubérance, from Latin prōtubērantia (bulge; protuberance), from prō + tūber (swelling; protuberance) + -antia (-ance).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɹəʊˈtjuːbəɹəns/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /pɹoʊˈtuːbəɹəns/


protuberance (plural protuberances)

  1. A bulge, knob, swelling, spine or anything that protrudes.
    • 1941 August, “Notes and News: The Swiss South Eastern Railway”, in Railway Magazine, page 376:
      For the most part they were small standard gauge 0-6-0 side tanks of the type illustrated, with long tapered chimneys and an unusual feature for the Continent in the shape of domeless boilers, the protuberance just behind the chimney being a sandbox.
    • 1989 — Ben Aaronovitch, Remembrance of the Daleks
      Ever since their creation the Daleks have been attempting to conquer and enslave as much of the universe as they could get their grubby little protuberances on.
    Synonyms: bulge, bump, protrusion, tuberosity

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