tulip

Definitions

  • Work of Ambrosia Beetles in Tulip or Yellow Poplar Wood
    Work of Ambrosia Beetles in Tulip or Yellow Poplar Wood
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tulip any of numerous perennial bulbous herbs having linear or broadly lanceolate leaves and usually a single showy flower
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Tulip Poplar. Tulip-tree. White-wood Tulip Poplar. Tulip-tree. White-wood

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word tulip comes from the Turkish word for turban
    • n Tulip tū"lĭp (Bot) Any plant of the liliaceous genus Tulipa. Many varieties are cultivated for their beautiful, often variegated flowers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most popular grown bulbs are tulips
    • n tulip A plant of the genus Tulipa, of which several species are well-known garden bulbs with highly colored bell-shaped flowers, blooming in spring. The common garden tulips are derived chiefly from T. Gesneriana, a native of central and southern Europe and adjacent parts of Asia, having shining scarlet flowers with purple-black spots at the base of the divisions, or a partly yellow claw. Varieties of this species have been developed with great care, especially in the Netherlands, the seat at one time of a “tulipomania.” The catalogue of a Haarlem florist of recent date offered 1,800 varieties. They are divided into four classes: namely, “breeders” or “self-flowers,” with the natural plain color; “bizarres,” having a dear yellow ground with red, brownish, maroon, or purple markings; “byblœmens,” with a white background marked prevailingly with red or shades of purple; and “roses,” with white background variegated with shades of rose-color, deep-red, or scarlet. It is said that when a self-tulip once “breaks,” the new variety remains always the same. Another long-cultivated tulip is the Duc Van Thol, T. suaveolens, with fragrant scarlet, yellow, or variegated flowers, early, and especially suited for pot-culture and forcing. T. præcox, having scarlet flowers with large black-purple spots surrounded with yellow near the base, also affords varieties. Less conspicuous or less known species are T. Oculus-solis, the sun's-eye tulip, with a brilliant scarlet perianth, having black spots at the base of the segments; T. australis (T. Celsiana) with bright-yellow flowers smaller than the common kinds; T. Clusiana, low and delicate, having the three inner divisions pure-white, the three outer stained with pink; T. pulchella, type of a group of very pretty dwarf species; and T. Greigi, the Turkestan tulip, one of the most showy and desirable of all known tulips, bearing goblet-shaped flowers, commonly of a vivid orange-scarlet hue, also purple or yellow, from 4 to 6 inches broad when fully expanded.
    • n tulip In ordnance, a bell-shaped outward swell of the muzzle of a gun, as a rule abandoned in modern ordnance.
    • n tulip A liliaceous plant, Bæometra columellaris (Tulipa Breyniana) of the Cape of Good Hope.
    • n tulip In California, same as butterfly-tulip: see above.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the Victoria era, red tulips were a declaration of love
    • n Tulip tū′lip a genus of bulbous plants of the order Liliaceæ, with over forty species, having highly-coloured bell-shaped flowers
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. tulipe, OF. also tulipan, It. tulipano, tulipa, from Turk. tulbend, dulbend, literally, a turban, Per. dulband,; -- so called from the resemblance of the form of this flower to a turban. See Turban
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. tulipe, tulippe, tulipan—Turk. tulbend, a turban.

Usage

In literature:

Poppies, cornflowers, lilies, tulips whose colours are those of the rainbow.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
We shall tend the young tulips together never again.
"Plays of Near & Far" by Lord Dunsany
There were tulips, red, yellow, pink, and white.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
He was stooping over his tulips when Miss Marty told him of the Millennium.
"The Mayor of Troy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
They looked like a gay tulip-bed out of which the gardener has rooted every sober-colored flower.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Little Tilda Tulip had two lips as pretty as any little girl might want.
"Queer Stories for Boys and Girls" by Edward Eggleston
But there can be no question that it must be so treated in a boy's study of a tulip or a trout.
"A Joy For Ever" by John Ruskin
Then follow the tulips, in all their gorgeous and splendid variety of single, double, and fringed.
"Rural Architecture" by Lewis Falley Allen
Just like tulips and roses and several brands of perfume jumbled together.
"Pearl and Periwinkle" by Anna Graetz
Suffice it to say that the tulips were boiled, but not eaten.
"Major Vigoureux" by A. T. Quiller-Couch
And it happened that the tulips in Copley Square opened that day, and shone in the sun like lighted lamps.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
When Black Tulip lost the Derby I was hard hit.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Bright tulips, we do know, I.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
The trees were budding, jonquils and tulips were blooming.
"Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman" by Emma Speed Sampson
The hyacinths and tulips stood there in two rows.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
The tulips knew that they were marked with beautiful colors, and held themselves bolt upright so that they might be seen more plainly.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Tulips from the seed, flower the second year.
"The History of Virginia, in Four Parts" by Robert Beverley
The grass was green, and the tulips and the crocuses were blossoming in the gardens.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
A vague tulip in the misty night.
"A Pushcart at the Curb" by John Dos Passos
In the studio, now full of rose-pink tulips, the statue rapidly progressed.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
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In poetry:

The tulip will arise and reign again from awnings and
windows
of all colors and forms
its vine, verve and valentine curves
"News Of The Gold World Of May" by Delmore Schwartz
At first she liv'd and reigned alone,
No lily-maidens yet had birth;
No turban'd tulips round her throne
Bow'd with their foreheads to the earth.
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
See the proud tulip's flaunting cup,
That flames in glory for an hour,--
Behold it withering,--then look up,--
How meek the forest monarch's flower!
"Spring Has Come" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
So round your sleep I soft let fall
Frail emblems of regret;
The lowly wind—flower, tulip tall,
The iris mantling wayside wall,
And weeping violet.
"At Her Grave" by Alfred Austin
The tulip tree has pallid golden flowers
That grow more rosy as their petals fade;
Such is the splendour of my evening hours
Whose time of youth was wasted in the shade.
"Song Of Jasoda" by Laurence Hope
To come at tulip time how wise!
Perhaps you will not now regret
The shining gardens, jewel set,
Of your first home in Paradise
Nor fret
Because you might not quite forget.
"To A May Baby" by Winifred Mary Letts

In news:

Yesterday, I found three deep, very round holes dug about 6 inches apart at the edge of my raised garden where I have had tulips planted for years.
Dirt was kicked out, and baby tulip bulbs were scattered.
It was in Holland, however, that the passion for tulips found its most fertile ground, for reasons that had little to do with horticulture.
Planting tulips in this garden is nothing short of a party.
A scene from "The Black Tulip ," a movie filmed entirely in Afghanistan.
This will encourage your tulips to come back, keep the soil temperature more consistent, and discourage squirrels from digging up a tasty organic snack.
Albany's Tulip Queen Finalists have been announced.
The Tulip Queen will serve as Albany's Ambassador for a year.
At Pink Tulip we produce hand-sewn, custom, full body baby bibs.
Cute-as-a-button Mint Tulip 's menu reads the way you'd expect in a non-veggie café.
Or at least of selected American cities -- here's one for you: My Dog Tulip .
Spring has sprung at the West Side Community Garden where thousands of tulips are on display.
In vivid and sometimes startling detail, Ackerley tells of Tulip 's often erratic behavior and very canine tastes, and of his own fumbling but determined efforts to ensure for her an existence of perfect happiness.
Right, photographs tulips during Tulip Festival on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Washington Park in Albany, N.Y.
Laughs while a friend takes their picture with the tulips during Tulip Festival on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Washington Park in Albany, N.Y.
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In science:

At the digging site in the woods there is an enormous old tulip tree.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug
The tree is an enormously tal l tulip tree, which stood, with some eight or ten oaks, upon the level, and far surpassed them al l, and al l other trees which I had then ever seen, in the beauty of its foliage and form, in the wide spread of its branches, and in the general majesty of its appearance.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug
For there to be a branch at that height substantial enough to hold a man’s weight, r must be at least 2 inches and could easily be 6 inches or more. (A tulip tree on my campus was recently cut down.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug
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