from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several bulbous plants of the genus Tulipa, native chiefly to Asia and widely cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers.
- n. The flower of any of these plants.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of flowering plant, genus Tulipa.
- n. The flower of this plant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any plant of the liliaceous genus Tulipa. Many varieties are cultivated for their beautiful, often variegated flowers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Tulipa, of which several species are well-known garden bulbs with highly colored bell-shaped flowers, blooming in spring.
- n. In ordnance, a bell-shaped outward swell of the muzzle of a gun, as a rule abandoned in modern ordnance.
- n. A liliaceous plant, Bæometra columellaris (Tulipa Breyniana) of the Cape of Good Hope.
- n. In California, same as butterfly-tulip: see above.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous perennial bulbous herbs having linear or broadly lanceolate leaves and usually a single showy flower
French tulipe, alteration of tulipan, from Ottoman Turkish tülbend, muslin, gauze, turban (from the shape of the opened flower), from Persian dulband, turban.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Modern Latin tulipa, from Turkish tülbent ("fine muslin, turban"), from Persian دلبند (dolband), also the root of turban; cognate with Mazandarani تولیپ ("tulip"). (Wiktionary)