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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For beer fans, there’s a large stock of appropriate glassware: pilsners, tulips, shakers. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tonight’s forecast: pleasant, with a 100 percent chance of beer and sake showers," 13 June 2019 The largest bed is planted full of spring bulbs, like daffodils, tulips and grape hyacinths, adding vibrant color to the landscape before the maples and snowbell trees open their leaves and come into full bloom. Amy Pennington, The Seattle Times, "A couple’s Rainier Beach garden is a place of creativity, vision and function," 19 May 2019 The promotional order includes a 20-stem single-color bunch of tulips, with the option to add bear grass for a more lush looking bouquet. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Can Order a 20-Stem Bunch of Tulips for $10 From Whole Foods This Mother’s Day," 7 May 2019 From May 8 to 14, Whole Foods Market will offer 20-stem bunches of tulips (colors vary) at $10 for Prime members and $15 for all customers. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "These Last-Minute Flower Bouquet Deals Will Make It to Mom in Time for Mother's Day," 7 May 2019 Yes; Richard’s approach to choreographing a landscape is bold — who paints his house to match the tulips? Lorene Edwards Forkner, The Seattle Times, "Richard Hartlage composes kaleidoscopic landscapes of bulbs — for Chihuly Garden and Glass, and his home," 13 Apr. 2019 With tulips in full bloom, gorgeous weather was the perfect backdrop for agents going on bike rides around Boston Commons, experiencing the Freedom Trail and touring Paul Revere’s house. Houston Chronicle, "MTSIR rewards success with Boston trip," 20 May 2018 The Silos grounds feature 10 different varieties of tulips and two varieties of daffodils this year for the ultimate spring garden—totaling in 12,000 flowers. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines’s Garden Is Exploding with 12,000 Flowers," 22 Mar. 2019 To protect 3,500 tulips, workers tarped and sandbagged the riverside flower bed. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "Tulips rescued in Smale Park were worth the effort," 1 May 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 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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