Tulips, Turbans and Taliban
Tulips are botanically related to lilies, but got their name from their resemblance to turbans (from Turk. tülbent "turban," also "gauze, muslin," from Persian dulband "turban"). Tulips have three petals and three sepals which are often termed tepals because they are nearly identical. They were introduced from Turkey to Europe, in the 16th century and quickly became popular in Holland. While most western languages adopted the Turkish-derived word for this flower, Turkish itself uses lâle from Greek λειρί (crest, crown, ultimately of Egyptian origin). The full form of the Turkish word is represented in Italian 'tulipano', Spanish 'tulipang'. However, like the final s in 'cherrise' and 'pease', some Germanic languages truncated the final '-an' mistaking it for a suffix.
Disambiguation note: The Taliban wear a turban, and their name sounds similar to tulip or tülbent. Their name, however, comes from the Pashto word ṭālibān, plural of Arabic ṭālib (student, seeker).
Here is 'tulip' in some more languages:
Azerbaijani – lalə; Bulgarian – лале; Catalan – tulipa; Croatian – lala; Czech – tulipán; Danish – tulip; Dutch – tulip; Estonian – tulip; Finnish – tulip; French – tulip; German – Tulpe; Greek – τουλίπα; Hungarian – tulipán; Italian – tulipano; Latvian – tulpe; Lithuanian – tulpė; Norwegian – tulip; Polish – tulipan; Portuguese – tulipa; Romanian – lalea; Russian – Тюльпан; Slovak – tulipán; Slovenian – tulipan; Spanish – tulip; Swedish – tulip; Turkish – lâle; Ukrainian – Тюльпан; Welsh – tiwlip
Posted September 5, 2013
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