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tulipomania

[too-luh-puh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh]
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noun
  1. (in 17th-century Holland) a widespread obsession with tulips, especially of highly prized varieties, as those of a streaked, variegated, or unusual color.

Origin of tulipomania

First recorded in 1700–10; tulip + -o- + -mania
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Examples from the Web for tulipomania

Historical Examples

  • Their craze is known in history as the Tulipomania, because it was a mania about tulips.

    The Humbugs of the World

    P. T. Barnum

  • There were some curious incidents in the course of the tulipomania.

  • The reader has probably heard of the Tulipomania once carried to so great an excess in Holland.

    Flowers and Flower-Gardens

    David Lester Richardson

  • Great medical virtues were attributed to the so-called horn, and the price it once bore outdoes everything in the Tulipomania.