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noun pop·py \ ˈpä-pē \

Definition of poppy

plural poppies
1 a :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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Origin and Etymology of poppy

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


POPPY Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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noun pop·py \ ˈpä-pē \

Definition of poppy for Students

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

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noun pop·py \ ˈpäp-ē \

medical Definition of poppy

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


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