Definition of poppy
1a : 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 ornamentalsb : an extract or decoction of poppy used medicinally
2 : a strong reddish orange
Recent Examples of poppy from the Web
To make matters worse, the poppy-seed sized critters can also be tough to spot.
The tables had African lanterns, wooden elephants, and floral arrangements of roses and poppies.
Epic Everything has 27 grams of whole grains, with toppings that include flax, chia, sesame and poppy seeds, plus garlic and onion.
There was a triangle of grass beneath power lines, illuminated by poppies.
When they are born, larval ticks are about the size of a poppy seed.
Instead, opt for a sweet-and-tangy poppy seed dressing on one slaw and a citrus-and-chile dressing on the other.
The red and purple opium poppies that his family grew on a mountainside half a world away were filled with an intoxicating, sticky sap that his mother traded for silver coins to feed her children and pay for their escape.
At one point, the lasers projected an aura around the guitarist, who was dressed in a brilliant white silk suit adorned with poppy flowers, dragons, and birds.
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Origin and Etymology of poppy
Middle English popi, from Old English popæg, popig, modification of Latin papaver
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
POPPY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of poppy for English Language Learners
: a type of plant that has bright red or orange flowers and that is the source of opium; also : its flower
POPPY Defined for Kids
Definition of poppy for Students
: a plant with a hairy stem and showy usually red, yellow, or white flowers
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