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 Fentanyl is made from chemicals, rather than the opium-poppy cultivation required to produce heroin. Julie Wernau, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2021 In its place is a closeup of a poppy with the number 100 to mark its milestone anniversary. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 10 Nov. 2021 The poppy has been used since 1921 to commemorate military members who have died in war. Tristan Balagtas, PEOPLE.com, 14 Nov. 2021 Emily then taught the others how to make their own poppy, which Kate suggested Col. Blum could put on his mantel. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 12 Nov. 2021 The tradition of wearing a poppy has been adopted across the U.K. and the countries of the Commonwealth. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 15 Nov. 2021 For the occasion, Meghan wore a black Giorgio Armani faux-wrap dress with a poppy on the lapel—paired with matching Giorgio Armani heels—and accessorized with bracelets by Cartier and Jennifer Meyer. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 Nov. 2021 The exuberant blooms were those of the Tibetan blue poppy and the gentians, alpine flowers that bloom in both Oxford and Cambridge blue colors. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 27 June 2021 The red poppy became a symbol of U.S. veterans after a poem was written by John McCrae in 1915, about Flanders Field in Belgium, where American soldiers were engaged in battle, amidst a field of poppies. Steve Smith, courant.com, 16 Sep. 2021

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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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“Poppy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poppy. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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