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

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Each piece comes in a range of colors—white, black, blush, blue, light gray, and poppy—and sizes (0–14 and XS-L). Andrea Park, Glamour, "Sarah Jessica Parker Partners With Gilt for Ready-to-Wear Bridal Collection," 24 Apr. 2018 The restaurant uses all of its oceanic wizardry: First, in its logo, a poppy-red illustration of the spiky rascassa (scorpion fish) that it’s named after. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Barcelona," 4 Mar. 2018 At the center of the action, as described by trial witnesses, was Mr. Guzmán, who evolved from an impoverished teenager growing poppies in front of his house in Sinaloa to a ruthless drug kingpin willing to kill anyone who disrespected him. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "What El Chapo’s Trial Revealed: The Inner Workings of a $14 Billion Drug Empire," 12 Feb. 2019 And an explosion of blue-and-white patterns in one of the homeowners’ sons' rooms is punctuated with poppy-like orange, the door revealing a clever stripe of it along the edge once opened. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Every Wall of This Upper East Side Apartment Is Interesting," 12 Feb. 2019 Over the past century, the crimson poppy has become a central symbol of WWI in Great Britain, and a way to honor military service. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Shared a Touching Instagram Post on Remembrance Day," 12 Nov. 2018 Donations for the poppies are encouraged, with all donations going into a veterans’ relief fund which is given away to veterans and veteran causes. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "New VFW Post 7907 commander wants to connect with the community," 12 July 2018 The poppies tend to be open in the morning and close up as the day goes on. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "Where to See Wildflowers—and How to Arrange Them Indoors—This Spring," 21 Mar. 2018 This corn, or field, poppy was so plentiful it once self-seeded prolifically among agricultural crops. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, "Dazzling poppy and calendula brighten the winter garden," 16 Mar. 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 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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