[ too-lip, tyoo- ]
/ ˈtu lɪp, ˈtyu- /


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

1570–80; earlier tulipa < New Latin, apparently back formation from Italian tulipano (taken as adj.) < Turkish tülbent turban (from a fancied likeness); see turban

Related forms

tu·lip·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tulip


/ (ˈtjuːlɪp) /


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

Derived Forms

tulip-like, adjective

Word Origin for tulip

C17: from New Latin tulipa, from Turkish tülbend turban, which the opened bloom was thought to resemble
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