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Latin tuberculum (diminutive of tuber (lump)) +‎ -ar



tubercular (comparative more tubercular, superlative most tubercular)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or having tuberculosis.
    • 1924, “Critical Inspection of a Myth,” Time, 24 November, 1924,[1]
      As he grew older, his tubercular thinness tended toward emaciation.
    • 1929, Thomas Wolfe, Look Homeward, Angel, Part One, Chapter 1,[2]
      He set up business in Sydney, the little capital city of one of the middle Southern states, lived soberly and industriously under the attentive eye of a folk still raw with defeat and hostility, and finally, his good name founded and admission won, he married a gaunt tubercular spinstress, ten years his elder, but with a nest egg and an unshakable will to matrimony.
    • 1941, Emily Carr, Klee Wyck, Chapter 5,[3]
      There had been, too, all the long weeks of Rosie’s tubercular dying to go through.
    • 2012, Will Self, “Kafka’s Wound, A digital essay” London Review of Books website,[4]
      The adult Kafka – the Kafka vermiculated by tubercular bacilli after having been played on for decades, as a demonic organist might press fleshy keys and pull bony stops, by his own relentless neurasthenia – reached a mystical appreciation of his youthful velleity, characterising it as a desire both to expertly hammer together a table and at the same time ‘do nothing’.
  2. Relating to or reminiscent of the wheezing sounds associated with the breathing of tuberculosis patients.
    • 1994, John DeChancie and David Bischoff, Masters of Spacetime, Crossroad Press, 2015, Chapter 9,[5]
      The engine heaved. [] The thing sounded like a tubercular tugboat engine without a muffler.
    • 2007, Declan Hughes, The Colour of Blood, Chapter 1,[6]
      Crows on the roof beat their wings and made their low tubercular moan.
    • 2016, Brad Wheeler, “Old Dylan and Stones deliver at new Desert Trip music festival,” The Globe and Mail, 8 October, 2016,[7]
      His voice? A raspy, nasal and welcoming instrument, with a tubercular kind of charisma.
  3. Tuberculate.
    • 1930, Emily Pelloe, West Australian Orchids, p. 13,[8]
      “ORANGE ORCHID” “SPOTTED ORCHID” [] Dorsal appendage of the hood of column smooth, tubercular and notched at the end.

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