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

Examples of tulip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Skeptics, though, see a FOMO-fueled trend that’s as overheated as the Dutch tulip bulb craze of the 1600s. Todd Spangler, Variety, 11 Nov. 2021 Olive, orange, apple, lemon, tulip and peach trees are among the varieties. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 All of the food will be served on ceramic tableware made by Lim and his wife, from a striking dark blue plate to a jet-black bowl shaped like an open tulip. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Nov. 2021 The tulip design, a surprise in 1938, was the most popular. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 28 Oct. 2021 At this coastal village—with boisterous dockside banter as well as African tulip trees with orange flowers and red hibiscus—fishermen still visit the chapel each morning to say a prayer before rowing or sailing out into sometimes dangerous waters. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 24 Oct. 2021 Squirrels are drawn to disturbed soil and are partial to tulip and crocus bulbs. Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2021 Cawley added that since Dimon referred to bitcoin as being worse than the Dutch tulip mania bubble of the 1600s four years ago, bitcoin has surged from about $4,500 to its current price approaching $60,000. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 12 Oct. 2021 The outcomes for tulip and dotcom investors were gruesome. Larry Light, Fortune, 14 Oct. 2021

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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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“Tulip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tulip. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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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