tu·​lip | \ ˈtü-ləp , ˈtyü-\

Definition of tulip

: any of a genus (Tulipa) of Eurasian bulbous herbs of the lily family that have linear or broadly lanceolate leaves and are widely grown for their showy flowers also : the flower or bulb of a tulip

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Technical hurdles for buying cryptocurrencies are higher than for tech stocks, houses or tulips, but there arguably were still many potential converts on the sidelines in early 2017. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Bitcoin Wasn’t a Bubble Until It Was," 14 Dec. 2018 Thumbelina is kidnapped from the woman who grows her in a tulip from a grain of barley and nearly coerced into marriages with, sequentially, a toad and a mole. Louis Bayard, New York Times, "Audiobooks for Summer Trips With the Kids," 28 May 2018 Similar to a flute but with a wider bowl and rim, the tulip is a favorite among many sommeliers and champagne houses. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Brut Champagne," 21 Dec. 2018 According to Teleflora, different colored tulips have different meanings. Rebecca Shinners, Country Living, "19 Facts Every Tulip Lover Should Know," 16 July 2015 Even though the flowers are native to Turkey, the Netherlands produces the largest share of commercial tulips and hosts a famous tulip festival. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Check out all the colorful tulips blooming in Washington," 24 Apr. 2018 Flowering Air Purifiers Florists' Mum and Gerbera Daisies are the best at removing formaldehyde, with tulips not far behind. Emily Main, Good Housekeeping, "7 Plants That Can Actually Purify Your Indoor Air," 21 Nov. 2017 The public park attracts thousands of visitors who come to see sprawling landscapes filled with tulips, narcissus, and korchia. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "7 Stunning Photos of Floral Plains That Will Soothe Your Soul," 3 Mar. 2015 When planting in the ground, tulips bulbs are planted in holes about 5 inches deep spaced 3 to 5 inches apart. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Will young radishes survive hard freezes?," 13 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of tulip

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tulip

New Latin tulipa, from Turkish tülbent turban — more at turban

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English Language Learners Definition of tulip

: a large, bright flower that is shaped like a cup and that grows in the spring


tu·​lip | \ ˈtü-ləp , ˈtyü-\

Kids Definition of tulip

: a plant related to the lily that grows from a bulb and has a large cup-shaped flower in early spring

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