tulip

noun tu·lip \ ˈtü-ləp , ˈtyü- \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of tulip

New Latin tulipa, from Turkish tülbent turban — more at turban


TULIP Defined for English Language Learners

tulip

noun

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

tulip

noun tu·lip \ ˈtü-ləp , ˈtyü- \

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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