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Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Tell Me Why |

How Did the Tulip Get Its Name?

How Did the Tulip Get Its Name?

The tulip gets its name from the Turkish tulban (turban) because of its fancied resemblance to a turban.

Some flowers seem to speak their own names. Goldenrods standing tall in autumn appear to do this. And the milky fluid that oozes out when you break a milkweed stem clearly indicates what the plant is.

Sometimes you have to use your imagination. If you say the French words, “dent de lion,” fast enough, they sound like dandelion. These words translate into “the tooth of the lion.” The dandelion was so named because of its tooth like leaves.

Content for this question contributed by Dawn Polk, resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA