poppy

noun
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 Cherry, 85, was fired by Sportsnet after saying Nov. 9 during his Coach's Corner segment that people in Toronto were being disrespectful by not wearing poppies to honor Canada's fallen military heroes leading up to Remembrance Day. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "Don Cherry, hockey analyst fired for controversial remark, to start 'tell it like it is' podcast," 19 Nov. 2019 The tradition of wearing poppies in Canada honors the country’s war dead on Remembrance Day, which was observed Monday. Washington Post, "Hockey commentator Don Cherry fired for rant over immigrants," 12 Nov. 2019 The tradition of wearing poppies in Canada honors the country's war dead on Remembrance Day, which was observed Monday. NBC News, "Hockey commentator Don Cherry fired for calling immigrants 'you people' on air," 11 Nov. 2019 The tradition of wearing poppies in Canada honors the country's war dead on Remembrance Day, which was observed Monday. Rob Gillies, Houston Chronicle, "Hockey commentator Don Cherry fired for rant over immigrants," 11 Nov. 2019 In countries including the United Kingdom and France, where Nov. 11 is still Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, people wear the paper poppies on that day to honor the 1918 armistice. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, "History of holidays reveals why we might confuse them," 10 Nov. 2019 Marlene Koenig of the Royal Musings blog agreed that royals are not required to wear poppies at all. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "Why Meghan Markle Wore One Poppy During the Remembrance Day Service," 12 Nov. 2018 Daffodils, poppies and fiddlenecks appear to be sprouting in large numbers, but there are few blooms. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tom Stienstra: ‘Perfect storm’ set to ignite spring wildflowers," 19 Mar. 2018 Begun in 1921, the American Legion Auxiliary’s Poppy Program distributes red crepe-paper poppies, made by veterans, in exchange for donations to aid disabled and hospitalized veterans. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, "History of holidays reveals why we might confuse them," 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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28 Nov 2019

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“Poppy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poppy. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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poppy

noun
How to pronounce poppy (audio)

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

poppy

noun
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

poppy

noun
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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