• n. A potato.

  • n. An error.

Example Sentences

  • “Oh, did she make a bulbe!” (NJY)

  • "I grew up speaking Polish Yiddish in Canada; generally I called a potato a kartofel; on occasion I’d use bulbe, a word that I rarely heard at home (I can’t say never because it figures in a famous folksong) but that didn’t sound particularly outré to me, either." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • בולבע bulbe

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).

      Alternative Spellings

      bulba, bulbeh, bulbah


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