(Science: botany) Any plant of the liliaceous genus Tulipa. Many varieties are cultivated for their beautiful, often variegated flowers. Tulip tree. A large American tree bearing tuliplike flowers. See liriodendron. A west Indian malvaceous tree (Paritium, or hibiscus, tiliaceum).
Origin: 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.