pop·​py | \ˈpä-pē \
plural poppies

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 ornamentals

b : an extract or decoction of poppy used medicinally

2 : a strong reddish orange

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The Seven Sisters are also part of South Downs National Park, the newest national park in England where fields of poppies bloom among the rolling hills between June and August each year. Lyndsey Matthews, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Need to Know About Sussex, England," 27 Sep. 2018 The simple, dark dress seemed to have been chose in part to show off the red poppy of remembrance that was pinned to it. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore an Olive Green Shirtdress to the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony," 27 Oct. 2018 For her May 19 wedding, the Duchess of Sussex had flowers representing the 53 countries of the British Commonwealth embroidered into her veil (plus a California golden poppy). Elise Taylor, Vogue, "6 Things We Learned About Queen Elizabeth in Queen of the World," 2 Oct. 2018 But the W Atlanta - Midtown's upbeat vibes and poppy decor work well for the late-to-bed, late-to-rise travelers who frequent the hotel. Allison Weiss Entrekin, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Hotels in Atlanta," 27 July 2018 Afghan police last year destroyed poppy fields in Badakhshan province, one of Afghanistan's top opium producers. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "U.S. Attacks Taliban’s Source of Funds in Afghanistan," 30 May 2018 July at the Alaska Botanical Garden offers a plethora of colorful flowers, from Himalayan blue poppies to any of the 50 varieties of peony cultivated at the Anchorage garden. Anchorage Daily News, "July is a great time to visit the Alaska Botanical Garden," 11 July 2018 Among his patrons was Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, who commissioned an exquisite tiara in the form of a field of poppies, complete with a tiny jeweled bug on one of its petals. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "This Cult Danish Jeweler’s Work Will Be Reissued at Dover Street Market," 1 June 2018 Visitors to the garden in July will get a chance to see a number of blue poppies, although the garden's nursery is sold out of the popular plant. Anchorage Daily News, "July is a great time to visit the Alaska Botanical Garden," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of poppy

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for poppy

Middle English popi, from Old English popæg, popig, modification of Latin papaver

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English Language Learners Definition of poppy

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


pop·​py | \ˈpä-pē \
plural poppies

Kids Definition of poppy

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


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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having a pattern of small flowers

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