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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Along with the star ingredient in its name, the product contains argan oil, fire tulip, lavender extract, and aloe vera. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Celebs Are All Dyeing Their Hair Neon Colors for Fall," 14 Sep. 2018 Unlike tulips and other bulbs that need lots of cold to rebloom, daffodils thrive in Southern California gardens, Young said. Jeanette Marantos, latimes.com, "These Easter blooms do double duty in the garden," 30 Mar. 2018 Best of all, while real flowers inevitably droop and wilt (even with these strategies that make cut flowers last longer in a vase), your tissue paper tulips and paper roses never will. Kathleen Corlett, Good Housekeeping, "How To Make Paper Flowers That Are Even More Stunning Than The Real Thing," 31 Aug. 2017 A few of those blocks would overlap with medians tended by the Fund for Park Avenue, which plants tulips, begonias and mums from 54th Street to 86th Street. James Barron, New York Times, "Minigolf and Aquariums Fill a Park Avenue Dreamscape," 25 Feb. 2018 This amber-glass tulip table with swivel chairs pops against the natural wood bookshelves and offers the perfect spot for game night. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "Natural Wood Is Trendy Again and We're Super Excited," 17 Apr. 2017 The building is modeled in the shape of a tulip, Turkey’s national flower. Maya Sweedler, WSJ, "In Miami, a $300 Million Skyscraper Is Banking On Unrest in Turkey," 10 July 2018 In the meantime my plan is to continue buying tulips at Fred Meyer and spending time dreaming up my next spring adventure. Holly Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Springtime in Alaska isn’t all dust and dog poop. It’s prime time for crust skiing.," 14 Apr. 2018 Peonies, tulips, and lilies can be severely damaged in wet seasons. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015

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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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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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