pop·​py | \ ˈpä-pē How to pronounce poppy (audio) \
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

Examples of poppy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The duchess pinned a single commemorative poppy to her collar, as the flower has been the country's national symbol of remembrance since the First World War. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Is Prim and Polished in a Peter Pan Collar for Her Latest Virtual Engagement," 10 Nov. 2020 Harry wore a navy suit with an array of his military medals on the lapel below his poppy. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan arrange their own Remembrance Day ritual at LA cemetery," 9 Nov. 2020 Australia’s poppy song was written with AI trained on previous Eurovision hits along with contributions from a neural network fed samples of noises made by koalas, kookaburras and Tasmanian devils. Amy Thomson, Bloomberg.com, "Robots Sing For Death and Revolution at Eurovision’s AI Contest," 24 Apr. 2020 Some teen movies are all stimuli: bright wardrobes and poppy soundtracks and chaotic house parties where the only thing more plentiful than booze is hope. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "To the Stars is a tender, heartbreaking coming-of-age story: Review," 24 Apr. 2020 Wearing a poppy-red dress and a full face of makeup, Candace greets everyone before taking a seat on a stool inside the studio. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Go, Candace, Go," 22 Apr. 2020 It's made of a textured vegan leather and comes in more than a dozen colors, from a neutral camel to a bright poppy red. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, "Travel Jewelry Cases to Pack So You Don't Spend Your Whole Vacation Untangling Necklaces," 17 Mar. 2020 Communities have received funding and training to grow crops like saffron instead of drought-resistant poppies, which have long fueled Afghanistan’s illicit heroin trade. National Geographic, "In Afghanistan, climate change complicates future prospects for peace," 3 Feb. 2020 Taking over the duty from Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles lays a wreath of poppies at the Cenotaph each year, accompanied by his sons, Prince Harry and Prince William. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Commemorates Remembrance Sunday in an All-Black Outfit," 10 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of poppy was before the 12th century

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“Poppy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poppy. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce poppy (audio) \
plural poppies

Kids Definition of poppy

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


pop·​py | \ ˈpäp-ē How to pronounce poppy (audio) \
plural poppies

Medical Definition of poppy

: any herb of the genus Papaver (family Papaveraceae, the poppy family) especially : opium poppy

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