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Meaning of tulipomania

tu•lip•o•ma•ni•a

Pronunciation: (t"lu-pu-mā'nē-u, -mān'yu), [key]
— n.
  1. (in 17th-century Holland) a widespread obsession with tulips, esp. of highly prized varieties, as those of a streaked, variegated, or unusual color.
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