poppy seed


: the seed of a poppy used chiefly as a topping or flavoring for baked goods

Examples of poppy seed in a Sentence

Sprinkle poppy seeds on the bread before baking.
Recent Examples on the Web The muffins were flavored with poppy seed and blueberry and baked by a local mom. Scott Dance, Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2024 Dressing: Swap the dressing with a balsamic, lemon, or honey vinaigrette, poppy seed dressing, or maple-Dijon dressing, whether homemade or store-bought. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 25 Mar. 2024 Lemon poppy seed pancakes from Lady Byrd Cafe (Jenn Harris / Los Angeles Times) Most people associate this Echo Park restaurant with the individual dining pods that were set up on the patio during the pandemic. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2023 These poppy seed bagels are downright cloaked in seeds. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 27 June 2023 Young bugs are whitish-yellow and closer in size to a poppy seed. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024 This recipe warms ham and Swiss on sweet Hawaiian buns topped with poppy seeds and a buttery mustard sauce. Jorie Nicole McDonald, Southern Living, 11 Feb. 2024 One fun twist on these ingredients includes mixing sauteed kale and sweet potato with fresh edamame and cooked barley, then stir in sunflower and poppy seeds. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 June 2023 Of all the flavors, the lemon poppy seed was most suitable for the pancake format. Flora Tsapovsky, Southern Living, 2 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poppy seed was in the 14th century

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“Poppy seed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poppy%20seed. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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