tulip


tulip
[16] Tulip and turban [16] are ultimately the same word. Both come from Persian dulband, and the name was applied to the plant because of its flower’s supposed resemblance to a turban. Dulband was borrowed into Turkish as tuliband, and this made its way into English via early modern French tulipan and modern Latin tulipa, acquiring its botanical meaning along the way (relatives that preserve the link with turban slightly more closely include Swedish tulpan, Danish tulipan, Italian tulipano, and Russian tjul’pan). Meanwhile Turkish tuliband evolved to tülbend, and this passed into English via Italian turbante and French turbant as turban. => TURBAN

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • tulip — (n.) 1570s, via Du. or Ger. tulpe, Fr. tulipe a tulip, all ultimately from Turk. tülbent turban, also gauze, muslin, from Pers. dulband turban; so called from the fancied resemblance of the flower to a turban. Introduced from Turkey to Europe,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Tulip — Tu lip, n. [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}.] (Bot.) Any plant of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tulip — ► NOUN ▪ a spring flowering plant with boldly coloured cup shaped flowers. ORIGIN French tulipe, from Persian, turban (from the shape of the flower) …   English terms dictionary

  • tulip — [to͞o′lip, tyo͞o′lip] n. [Fr tulipe (earlier tulipan) < Turk tülbend, TURBAN: from the flower s resemblance to a turban] 1. any of various bulb plants (genus Tulipa) of the lily family, mostly spring blooming, with long, broad, pointed leaves… …   English World dictionary

  • Tulip — For other uses, see Tulip (disambiguation). Tulip Cultivated tulip – Floriade 2005, Canberra Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • tulip — tu·lip (to͞o’lĭp, tyo͞o’ ) n. 1) Any of several bulbous plants of the genus Tulipa of the lily family, native chiefly to Asia and widely cultivated for their showy, variously colored, cup shaped flowers. 2) The flower of any of these plants. ╂… …   Word Histories

  • tulip — tuliplike, adj. /tooh lip, tyooh /, n. 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… …   Universalium

  • tulip — n. 1 any bulbous spring flowering plant of the genus Tulipa, esp. one of the many cultivated forms with showy cup shaped flowers of various colours and markings. 2 a flower of this plant. Phrases and idioms: tulip root a disease of oats etc.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tulip — This rare and unusual surname is of Anglo Saxon origin, and is a locational name from some minor, unrecorded or now lost place, believed to have been situated in Northumberland, because of the large number of early recordings in that region. An… …   Surnames reference

  • tulip — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ dwarf ▪ early, late TULIP + NOUN ▪ bulb ▪ fields Tulip is used before these nouns: ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

  • tulip — UK [ˈtjuːlɪp] / US [ˈtulɪp] noun [countable] Word forms tulip : singular tulip plural tulips a colourful flower shaped like a cup that grows on a long stem in spring …   English dictionary


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