tu·​lip | \ ˈtü-ləp How to pronounce tulip (audio) , 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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That includes the three healthy but misfit trees — a gingko biloba, an African tulip and a water gum. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Removal coming for some Balboa Island trees, testing for others," 4 Sep. 2019 Soon the Dutch artists began swapping out the Chinese motifs of pagodas, dragons and elephants, for windmills, tulips and cows. Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "400-year-old Delftware is the latest home decor trend," 9 Jan. 2018 What most of us consider spring-flowering bulbs — tulips, daffodils and the like — are now very easy to find in Alaska. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s almost time to plant spring bulbs: Tulips, daffodils and ... garlic?," 15 Aug. 2019 For the best flowers, buy new tulip, lily, and iris bulbs each year. Kyle Johnson, Sunset, "10 Flower Farmer Secrets to Get Your Garden Blooming," 22 Jan. 2018 The town is known for its bounty of colorful tulips in the spring, when visitors pack the farms and parks, but Holland is beautiful year-round. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "You can get to these 10 unique road trip destinations from Indy in 5 hours or less," 3 July 2019 From vibrant tulips to delicate orchids, flowering plants cover the planet. Kelly Barrett, National Geographic, "Flower power: 10 of the world's best destinations for blooms," 7 July 2019 Restaurants serve these sorts of beers in tiny tulips. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "I wrote about beer for the Free Press. Here's what I learned.," 23 June 2019 The success of flowering plants, a group that includes everything from orchids and tulips to grasses and wheat, represents a long-standing puzzle for biologists. Quanta Magazine, "With ‘Downsized’ DNA, Flowering Plants Took Over the World," 16 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce tulip (audio) , 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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