opium poppy


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

Examples of opium poppy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Opium, a drug derived from the opium poppy, has been known and used for more than 7,000 years, according to History Today. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2022 And long before the current opioid epidemic, opium, the highly-addictive narcotic derived from the opium poppy plant, was a respectable go-to pain reliever. CBS News, 26 Apr. 2020 And so of course scientists were looking for a way of synthesizing this with other base chemicals that don’t require the opium poppy, and that was successful in the creation of fentanyl. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 29 Sep. 2021 There were projects to reduce opium poppy cultivation, promote women’s rights and hold credible elections. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 By comparison, opium poppy production in the country was valued at only $350 million in 2020, despite an increase in cultivation from the previous year. Frank Holmes, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Unlike the opium poppy, coffee and tea plants do not press Pollan into service as a propagator. Washington Post, 23 July 2021 In 2020, according to estimates cited by the report, the Taliban earned the equivalent of over $400 million from the mining sector, and similar revenues from opium poppy crops. Paul Cruickshank, Tim Lister And Nic Robertson, CNN, 2 June 2021 In recent years, its opium poppy fields have been giving way to jungle laboratories, as the demand for synthetic drugs outstrips the demand for heroin. Gabrielle Smith, CNN, 14 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'opium poppy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of opium poppy

1849, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About opium poppy

Time Traveler for opium poppy

Time Traveler

The first known use of opium poppy was in 1849

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near opium poppy


opium poppy


See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for opium poppy

Last Updated

18 Jan 2022

Cite this Entry

“Opium poppy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opium%20poppy. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for opium poppy

opium poppy


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

More from Merriam-Webster on opium poppy

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about opium poppy


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!