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)



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  • The tulips should be behind bars like dangerous animals;
    They are opening like the mouth of a great African cat.

    from "Tulips," Sylvia Plath

    March 26, 2008