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tulip

[too-lip, tyoo-] /ˈtu lɪp, ˈtyu-/
noun
1.
any of various plants belonging to the genus Tulipa, of the lily family, cultivated in many varieties, and having lance-shaped leaves and large, showy, usually erect, cup-shaped or bell-shaped flowers in a variety of colors.
2.
a flower or bulb of such a plant.
Origin of tulip
1570-1580
1570-80; earlier tulipa < New Latin, apparently back formation from Italian tulipano (taken as adj.) < Turkish tülbent turban (from a fancied likeness); see turban
Related forms
tuliplike, adjective
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  • The plant itself is so called from its resemblance to the tulip, both in leaf and flower.

    The Vee-Boers Mayne Reid
  • It was not my anxiety about the tulip that has made me ill, but the grief at not seeing you.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Therefore, he who despises the tulip offends God beyond measure.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Of course, without them, he could not have it any more than a dahlia, or a tulip.

  • Once we have in mind the form of the leaf of the tulip tree, we shall never forget it, for it is different from all other leaves.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • It is all one to me to let a bee out of a tulip, or to sweep the cobwebs from the sky.

British Dictionary definitions for tulip

tulip

/ˈtjuːlɪp/
noun
1.
any spring-blooming liliaceous plant of the temperate Eurasian genus Tulipa, having tapering bulbs, long broad pointed leaves, and single showy bell-shaped flowers
2.
the flower or bulb of any of these plants
Derived Forms
tulip-like, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin tulipa, from Turkish tülbend turban, which the opened bloom was thought to resemble
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Word Origin and History for tulip
n.

1570s, via Dutch or German tulpe, French tulipe "a tulip," all ultimately from Turkish tülbent "turban," also "gauze, muslin," from Persian dulband "turban;" so called from the fancied resemblance of the flower to a turban.

Introduced from Turkey to Europe, where the earliest known instance of a tulip flowering in cultivation is 1559 in the garden of Johann Heinrich Herwart in Augsburg; popularized in Holland after 1587 by Clusius. The full form of the Turkish word is represented in Italian tulipano, Spanish tulipan, but the -an tended to drop in Germanic languages, where it was mistaken for a suffix. Tulip tree (1705), a North American magnolia, so called from its tulip-shaped flowers.

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