noun pop·py \ˈpä-pē\

: a type of plant that has bright red or orange flowers and that is the source of opium; also : its flower

plural poppies

Full Definition of POPPY

a :  any of a genus (Papaver of the family Papaveraceae, the poppy family) of chiefly annual or perennial herbs with milky juice, showy regular flowers, and capsular fruits including the opium poppy and several forms cultivated as ornamentals
b :  an extract or decoction of poppy used medicinally
:  a strong reddish orange

Origin of POPPY

Middle English popi, from Old English popæg, popig, modification of Latin papaver
First Known Use: before 12th century
POPPIES Defined for Kids


noun pop·py \ˈpä-pē\
plural poppies

Definition of POPPY for Kids

:  a plant with a hairy stem and showy usually red, yellow, or white flowers
Medical Dictionary


noun pop·py \ˈpäp-ē\
plural poppies

Medical Definition of POPPY

:  any herb of the genus Papaver (family Papaveraceae, the poppy family); especially :  opium poppy
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