ETYM French tulipe, Old Fren. also tulipan, Italian 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. Related to Turban.
Plant of the genus Tulipa, family Liliaceae, usually with single goblet-shaped flowers on the end of an upright stem and leaves of a narrow oval shape with pointed ends. It is widely cultivated as a garden flower.
Tulipa gesnerana, from which most of the garden cultivars have been derived, probably originated in Asia Minor. Quickly adopted in Europe from Turkey during the 16th century, it became a craze in 17th-century Holland, and was the subject of a novel, The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas (pčre) 1850. Today it is commercially cultivated on a large scale in the Netherlands and East Anglia, England.
The tulip tree Liriodendron tulipifera of the eastern US is a member of the magnolia family, with large, tulip-shaped blooms.
Any of numerous perennial bulbous herbs having linear or broadly lanceolate leaves and usually a single showy flower.