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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Recent Examples on the Web Add more soil and plant the next larger bulb, such as tulip. oregonlive, "Plant a pot full of bulbs for spring tulips, daffodils and more," 26 Oct. 2020 The hemlock, maple, oak, beech and tulip trees are awash in crimson, orange and gold. John Pana, cleveland, "Aerial footage of fall colors at Lake Metroparks," 23 Oct. 2020 Happily for you, tulip poplars are not notorious resprouters. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Goldenrod not ragweed and managing saplings," 15 Oct. 2020 As for makeup, artist Carola Gonzalez went for a fun-yet-classic look consisting of winged eyeliner, soft brows, and tulip-pink lips. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Kerry Washington Debuted an Above-the-Chin Blunt Bob at the Emmys," 21 Sep. 2020 Once inside the park, the tulip poplars, dogwoods, black cherry, sassafras and pawpaw trees are breathtaking. New York Times, "Leaf Peeping Is Not Canceled: 6 Drives and Hikes to Try This Fall," 1 Oct. 2020 Back in February, Chopova Lowena debuted a new line of denim, featuring kaleidoscopic marbling from which elegant, tulip-like flowers appeared to bloom. Liam Hess, Vogue, "Chopova Lowena Are Evolving Their Vision of Artisanal Luxury," 26 Sep. 2020 The tulip on Jill's dress is nice, but a color to the skirt, some decals and gold trim would have made the piece more desirable. Helaine Fendelman And Joe Rosson, Star Tribune, "Colorful cookie jars may be difficult to match," 22 Sep. 2020 For gardeners who favor the rustic aesthetic, this metal, tulip head watering can should do the trick. Popular Science, "Thoughtfully designed watering cans," 18 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of tulip was in 1578

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29 Oct 2020

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“Tulip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tulip. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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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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