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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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 The legs end with an attractive tulip cut that makes the Oiselles a little fancier for office wear. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "The Best Leggings of 2018," 5 July 2018 Turns out, the climate in Rhode Island happens to be perfect for tulips. Cristela Guerra, BostonGlobe.com, "Tens of thousands of tulips bloom in an unlikely corner of Rhode Island," 9 May 2018 Right on cue, colorful tulips have finally reached full bloom at Washington-area flower farms. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "D.C.-area tulip farms are in full bloom, just in time for the first hot week of the year," 1 May 2018 Redbuds, tulips and forsythia have yet to appear this spring, but that’s not holding back the arrival of the art fairs metro Detroiters love. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: 'Tosca,' ventriloquist Darci Lynne, Afro-Caribbean cook-off," 4 Apr. 2018 When the tulips fade, they’re replaced with profusion zinnias and marigolds, among other things. Tim Woodward, idahostatesman, "As St. Luke’s keeps growing, who keeps it looking beautiful? He just goes by ‘gardener’ | Idaho Statesman," 18 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 , 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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