- any of various plants belonging to the genus Tulipa, of the lily family, cultivated in many varieties, and having lance-shaped leaves and large, showy, usually erect, cup-shaped or bell-shaped flowers in a variety of colors.
- a flower or bulb of such a plant.
Origin of tulip
Examples from the Web for tulip
Tulip Fever will be directed by Justin Chadwick, who also made The Other Boleyn Girl.Cressida Bonas Cast In New Weinstein Movie
June 11, 2014
Abu Hassar held the tulip up to his nose, still saying nothing.The Fourth War: My Lunch with a Jihadi
January 21, 2014
This is a very early piece by Louise Lawler, titled “(Andy Warhol and Other Artists) Tulip”.'Still Life with Warhol'
February 26, 2013
Bonus: repeated (borderline obsessive) references to her nose (she's had two actual surgeries) as "a tulip."15 Love Lessons for Jen... from Jen
February 11, 2009
It was not my anxiety about the tulip that has made me ill, but the grief at not seeing you.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
They will find him, planted in the mud at the bottom, head downward like a tulip.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
Of course, without them, he could not have it any more than a dahlia, or a tulip.
It is all one to me to let a bee out of a tulip, or to sweep the cobwebs from the sky.At the Back of the North Wind
That's better than a full-page cut of any tulip that ever sprouted.The Return of Peter Grimm
- any spring-blooming liliaceous plant of the temperate Eurasian genus Tulipa, having tapering bulbs, long broad pointed leaves, and single showy bell-shaped flowers
- the flower or bulb of any of these plants
Word Origin and History for tulip
1570s, via Dutch or German tulpe, French tulipe "a tulip," all ultimately from Turkish tülbent "turban," also "gauze, muslin," from Persian dulband "turban;" so called from the fancied resemblance of the flower to a turban.
Introduced from Turkey to Europe, where the earliest known instance of a tulip flowering in cultivation is 1559 in the garden of Johann Heinrich Herwart in Augsburg; popularized in Holland after 1587 by Clusius. The full form of the Turkish word is represented in Italian tulipano, Spanish tulipan, but the -an tended to drop in Germanic languages, where it was mistaken for a suffix. Tulip tree (1705), a North American magnolia, so called from its tulip-shaped flowers.