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The child has a protuberant abdomen caused by malnutrition.
  something that sticks out from its surroundings
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protuberance protuberances protuberant protuberate
Strongly Associated with:   protrude
Note the difference in the second syllables of the word families protrude and protuberance.
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  • The child has a protuberant abdomen caused by malnutrition.
  • The pituitary gland is a pea-sized protuberance located at the base of the brain.
  • I thought that his large protuberant eyes and his expression of utter bewilderment were comical.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • She doesn’t care if they’re not beautiful, in fact hopes that they aren’t, for she has seen already how some of the prettiest girls in her class have become distant and superior and wholly ungenerous, and particularly how the blond, slim, protuberantly endowed Brittany, the self-appointed head of the shrinking cadre of candy stripers, will hardly even look at her, as if doing so would be to invite certain personal doom.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • Mr. Curtain’s reflective glasses and protuberant nose eased toward Sticky’s face like a snake testing the air.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • …gazing at the displays of cloth and ready-made clothes, and wandering back to the food stalls: little oily heaps of fried flying ants (expensive, and sold by the spoonful) laid out on scraps of newspaper; hairy orange-coloured caterpillars with protuberant eyes wriggling in enamel basins; fat white grubs kept moist and soft in little bags of damp earth, five or six grubs to a bag—these grubs, absorbent in body and of neutral taste, being an all-purpose fatty food, sweet with sweet…
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Trembling like a very sick man, he essayed nothing so bold as a kiss, although she was certain she sensed some protuberance—his tongue or nose—mooning restlessly around her bekerchiefed ear.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • A brown, rocklike fist rose out of the mass and descended with considerable force, meeting decisively with some bony protuberance, by the sound of the resultant crack.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Slather every protuberance with arid zeal!
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • His forehead and protuberant white eyeballs were soon glistening nervously again.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • He was a tiny creature, smaller than Winston, with dark hair and large, protuberant eyes, at once mournful and derisive, which seemed to search your face closely while he was speaking to you.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Under his cheek he felt a hard object with strange protuberances.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • CYRANO: Look well at me—then tell me, with what hope This vile protuberance can inspire my heart!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • And with a grim sort of smile, which showed more than he had yet done his protuberant teeth, sat himself down again on his own side of the fireplace.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Still rolling in his blood, at last he partially disclosed a strangely discoloured bunch or protuberance, the size of a bushel, low down on the flank.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • They belonged to that species of argonaut covered with protuberances and exclusive to the seas near India.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • It was the exact opposite: a slender, transparent concoction of black plastic and odd protuberances and mesh that looked like the exoskeleton of a giant prehistoric insect.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Luna turned her protuberant eyes to him in surprise.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Now, close to the billabong, he started to probe at a cluster of bulb-shaped protuberances in the sand.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • She had straggly, waist-length, dirty blonde hair, very pale eyebrows and protuberant eyes that gave her a permanently surprised look.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • For how was it possible to believe that those large brown protuberant eyes in Silas Marner’s pale face really saw nothing very distinctly that was not close to them, and not rather that their dreadful stare could dart cramp, or rickets, or a wry mouth at any boy who happened to be in the rear?
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • She thought she could see the white protuberance of bone.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • The face was a notable one; the features all except the chin cleanly cut as those on a Greek medallion; yet the chin, beardless as Tecumseh’s, had something of strange protuberant heaviness in its make that recalled the prints of the Rev.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • It may be ugly , he thought, rubbing the rough protuberances on his right hand against the palm of his left,and people may laugh and sneer if they notice, but I don’t care, for it will serve its purpose and may keep me alive .
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • It will: it will become a solid mass, permanently protuberant, its inanity irreparable.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • He had protuberant eyes; he gave an impression of unstable hilarity, as if perhaps he had been celebrating a birthday, alone.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Flat nose, hooded eyes, shiny white teeth built into a slightly protuberant mouth.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Obviously mammal in weight of bosom you remark that she has in front well to the fore two protuberances of very respectable dimensions, inclined to fall in the noonday soupplate, while on her rere lower down are two additional protuberances, suggestive of potent rectum and tumescent for palpation, which leave nothing to be desired save compactness.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The next most obvious deformity was in their faces, almost all of which were prognathous, malformed about the ears, with large and protuberant noses, very furry or very bristly hair, and often strangely-coloured or strangely-placed eyes.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Cainy Ball and Joseph, who performed this latter operation, were if possible wetter than the rest; they resembled dolphins under a fountain, every protuberance and angle of their clothes dribbling forth a small rill.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • From the shrine they went to a mosque, which, in size and design, resembled a fire-screen; the arcades of Chandrapore had shrunk to a flat piece of ornamental stucco, with protuberances at either end to suggest minarets.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Among our valued friends is there not some one or other who is a little too self-confident and disdainful; whose distinguished mind is a little spotted with commonness; who is a little pinched here and protuberant there with native prejudices; or whose better energies are liable to lapse down the wrong channel under the influence of transient solicitations?
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • On his way to the house, as always when he knew that they were to meet, he formed a picture of her in his mind; and the necessity, if he was to find any beauty in her face, of fixing his eyes on the fresh and rosy protuberance of her cheekbones, and of shutting out all the rest of those cheeks which were so often languorous and sallow, except when they were punctuated with little fiery spots, plunged him in acute depression, as proving that one’s ideal is always unattainable, and one’s…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • And next Mr. Darrah Brookhart, a large, well-dressed, well-fed, ponderous and cautious corporation lawyer, with one eye half concealed by a drooping lid and his stomach rather protuberant, giving one the impression of being mentally if not exactly physically suspended, balloon-wise, in some highly rarefied atmosphere where he was moved easily hither and yon by the lightest breath of previous legal interpretations or decisions of any kind.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • She looked at me again, eyes protuberant, bloodshot with seeing.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • She was, in a singular way, at once ugly and pretty; she had protuberant eyes, and lips strangely red.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • As round and protuberant as that of a horse, it stared wide in an expression of astonishment or horror.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • With a shriek, Mum launched herself at her sister, swinging wildly at the bloated hag’s protuberant nose.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Ears tight against the skull, and the skull seeming to swell at the crown as if pushed out by excess pressure to form stiff protuberant veins at the temples.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • It is the idea that particular talents and propensities in the human soul are reflected in or perhaps even caused by protuberances and depressions in the shape of the skull.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • Stone, animated now, consumed by a sense of mission, propped Munro Kerr’s Operative Obstetrics open, cookery-book fashion, on the down slope of Sister Mary Joseph Praise’s protuberant belly.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • He had a long, thin body and the scholar’s stoop; his head was large and ugly; he had pale scanty hair and an earthy skin; his thin mouth and thin, long nose, and the great protuberance of his frontal bones, gave him an uncouth look.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • His head measures twenty-two and three eighths inches in its circumference, sixteen inches from the meatus auditorias to the occipital protuberance, and six and one third inches through the head at the outermost from the point of nominal destructiveness.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • A grass widow, forty-nine, with piled hair of dyed henna, corseted breasts and hips architecturally protuberant in a sharp diagonal, meaty mottled arms, and a gulched face of leaden flaccidity puttied up brightly with cosmetics, rented the upstairs of Woodson Street while Helen was absent.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Molly, the housemaid, with a turn-up nose and a protuberant jaw, was really a tender-hearted girl, and, as Mrs. Poyser said, a jewel to look after the poultry; but her stolid face showed nothing of this maternal delight, any more than a brown earthenware pitcher will show the light of the lamp within it.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • He could hardly guess that that solemn, cubic, dense, pompous house, which sat like a hat amid its green and geometric surroundings, would end up full of protuberances and incrustations, of twisted staircases that led to empty spaces, of turrets, of small windows that could not be opened, doors hanging in midair, crooked hallways, and portholes that linked the living quarters so that people could communicate during the siesta, all of which were Clara’s inspiration.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • I think so," replied Ollivander, his protuberant eyes upon Harry’s face.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • In 1933, the noted English climber Frank Smythe observed "two curious looking objects A I R floating in the sky" directly above him at 27,000 feet: " [One] possessed what appeared to be squat underdeveloped wings, and the other a protuberance suggestive of a beak.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • …too complicated to set forth) it was offered at a great bargain: bought it with much grumbling at its ugliness, its antiquity, its incommodity, and who now, at the end of twenty years, had become conscious of a real aesthetic passion for it, so that he knew all its points and would tell you just where to stand to see them in combination and just the hour when the shadows of its various protuberances which fell so softly upon the warm, weary brickwork—were of the right measure.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The difference is that the Surrey hills are comparatively small and ugly, and should properly be called the Surrey Protuberances; but these Spanish hills are of mountain stock: the amenity which conceals their size does not compromise their dignity.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
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