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tulipomania

[ too-luh-puh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh ]
/ ˌtu lə pəˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə /
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noun

(in 17th-century Holland) a widespread obsession with tulips, especially of highly prized varieties, as those of a streaked, variegated, or unusual color.

Nearby words

tule fog, tule perch, tulip, tulip chair, tulip tree, tulipomania, tulipwood, tull, tullahoma, tullamore, tulle

Origin of tulipomania

First recorded in 1700–10; tulip + -o- + -mania
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tulipomania

  • 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.