opium poppy

noun

Definition of opium poppy 

: an annual Eurasian poppy (Papaver somniferum) cultivated since antiquity as the source of opium, for its edible oily seeds, or for its showy flowers

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In 2010, the U.S. pumped millions of dollars into programs meant to encourage farmers growing opium poppies to grow things like pomegranates. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "In Kandahar, U.S. Troops Remain, Even if Salsa Night Is Gone," 9 Aug. 2018 The bloodiest states last year were the central State of Mexico with 3,046 murders, and southern Guerrero state, at the heart of the country’s opium poppy wars, with 2,578. Anthony Harrup, WSJ, "Mexico’s Murder Rate Hits Highest Level in Decades," 30 July 2018 The battle for political control in Chilapa and elsewhere in the state has become more vicious amid a plunge in the price of the opium poppy, which has forced gangs to diversify their criminal activities beyond drug trafficking, officials said. New York Times, "Criminal Groups Seek to Decide Outcome in Many Mexican Races," 1 July 2018 Analysts say about 80 percent of Helmand — prized for its vast opium poppy fields — has been under Taliban control since 2004, though urban centers had remained under government control. Washington Post, "Peace in Afghanistan more elusive as Taliban shrug off talks," 11 July 2018 Analysts say about 80 percent of Helmand — prized for its vast opium poppy fields — has been under Taliban control since 2004, though urban centers had remained under government control. Rahim Faiez, Fox News, "Peace in Afghanistan more elusive as Taliban shrug off talks," 11 July 2018 In Guerrero — a hub for cultivation of the opium poppy, the raw material in the production of heroin — 10 candidates for local posts in the rural town of Cutzamala de Pinzon, home to about 5,000 people, have withdrawn from the race. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Slayings of political candidates accelerate in run-up to Mexico election," 27 June 2018 In the first four months of 2018, soldiers destroyed 12,834 hectares (31,713 acres) of opium poppies, and only 720 hectares of marijuana. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "Mexico opium poppy growers see price drop, turn to marijuana," 22 June 2018 In the first four months of 2018, soldiers destroyed 12,834 hectares (31,713 acres) of opium poppies, and only 720 hectares of marijuana. Washington Post, "Mexico opium poppy growers see price drop, turn to marijuana," 22 June 2018

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1849, in the meaning defined above

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opium poppy

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Medical Definition of opium poppy 

: an annual Eurasian poppy (Papaver somniferum) cultivated since antiquity as the source of opium, for its edible oily seeds, or for its showy flowers

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