Tulip tree. (a) A large American tree bearing tuliplike flowers. See Liriodendron. (b) A West Indian
malvaceous tree (Paritium, or Hibiscus, tiliaceum).
(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 liliaceous genus Tulipa. Many varieties are cultivated for their beautiful,
often variegated flowers.
(Tu"lip-eared`) a. (Zoöl.) Having erect, pointed ears; prick-eared; said of certain dogs.
(Tu"lip*ist), n. A person who is especially devoted to the cultivation of tulips. Sir T. Browne.
(Tu`lip*o*ma"ni*a) n. [Tulip + mania.] A violent passion for the acquisition or cultivation of
tulips; a word said by Beckman to have been coined by Menage.
In Holland, in the first half of the 17th century, the cultivation of tulips became a mania. It began about
the year 1634, and, like a violent epidemic, seized upon all classes of the community, leading to disasters
and misery such as the records of commerce or of bankruptcies can scarcely parallel. In 1636, tulip
marts had been established in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Haarlem, Leyden, and various other towns, where
tulip bulbs were sold and resold in the same manner as stocks are on the Stock Exchange of London.
(Tu`lip*o*ma"ni*ac) n. One who is affected with tulipomania.
(Tu"lip-shell`) n. (Zoöl.) A large, handsomely colored, marine univalve shell (Fasciolaria tulipa)
native of the Southern United States. The name is sometimes applied also to other species of Fasciolaria.
Queensland tulipwood, the variegated wood of an Australian sapindaceous tree J. Smith
(Tu"lip*wood`) n. The beautiful rose- colored striped wood of a Brazilian tree much used by
cabinetmakers for inlaying.
(Tull) v. t. [OE. tullen. See Tole.] To allure; to tole. [Obs.]
With empty hands men may no hawkes tull.Chaucer.
(Tulle) n. [F.; so called from the town of Tulle, in France.] A kind of silk lace or light netting,
used for veils, etc.
(Tul"li*an) a. [L. Tullianus, from Tullius, the name of a Roman gens.] Belonging to, or in the
style of, Tully
(Tul"li*bee) n. (Zoöl.) A whitefish (Coregonus tullibee) found in the Great Lakes of North America;
called also mongrel whitefish.
(Tum"ble) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tumbled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tumbling ] [OE. tumblen, AS. tumbian
to turn heels over head, to dance violently; akin to D. tuimelen to fall, Sw. tumla, Dan. tumle, Icel.
tumba; and cf. G. taumeln to reel, to stagger.]
1. To roll over, or to and fro; to throw one's self about; as, a person on pain tumbles and tosses.
2. To roll down; to fall suddenly and violently; to be precipitated; as, to tumble from a scaffold.
He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater blow than he who slides from a molehill.South.