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
Recent Examples of tulip from the Web
A look at Chicago's tulip displays through the years.
The trees are in full bloom for only a week — the entire neighborhood crowned in pinks, reds, purples, yellows, whites — with tulips and daffodils erupting in every yard.
The theme played over short promotional films about flowers, tulips, windmills, fireworks, and K-pop holograms.
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Origin and Etymology of tulip
New Latin tulipa, from Turkish tülbent turban — more at turban
First Known Use: 1578
TULIP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tulip for English Language Learners
: a large, bright flower that is shaped like a cup and that grows in the spring
TULIP Defined for Kids
Definition of tulip for Students
: 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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