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

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Recent Examples on the Web And while opium poppy growth has long been a financial foundation for the Taliban, methamphetamines have quietly appeared across Afghanistan in increasing quantities. BostonGlobe.com, "KABUL — At least 30 civilians were killed by US airstrikes that targeted drug labs in western Afghanistan this spring, according to a United Nations report released Wednesday, a figure that the US-led mission in the country quickly disputed.," 10 Oct. 2019 Opium: How an Ancient Flower Shaped and Poisoned Our World by John H. Halpern and David Blistein Hachette Books, 2019 ($29) Humanity's complicated relationship with the opium poppy dates back to our earliest civilizations. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "The History of Opium, Facing Up to Quantum Mechanics and Other New Science Books," 13 Sep. 2019 So the health care conglomerate, better known for baby shampoo and Band-Aids, bought a business that grew and processed opium poppies in faraway Tasmania, off the coast of Australia. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "Johnson & Johnson’s Brand Falters Over Its Role in the Opioid Crisis," 27 Aug. 2019 One was Tasmanian Alkaloids, which grew opium poppies in Tasmania and anticipated demand for opioids in the mid-1990s by developing a high-opiate variety of the plant. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Johnson & Johnson got hit for a $572-million opioid verdict. Why did its stock go up?," 27 Aug. 2019 In what may be the largest opium bust in California history, Monterey County sheriff’s investigators seized more than 34,000 pounds of opium poppies around the county. Sophie Haigney, San Francisco Chronicle, "34,000 pounds of opium poppies seized in Monterey County," 3 June 2018 Javed’s unit arrested traffickers, raided drug labs, and set fire to fields of mauve opium poppies. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 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

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First Known Use of opium poppy

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Opium poppy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opium%20poppy. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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