poppy seed


Definition of 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 new crispy variety, at 35 calories, is made with whole grain rye and sprinkled with blue poppy seeds and sea salt, and is slimmer than Wasa’s heartier and toastlike whole-grain and multigrain crackers (about $3.19 for 8.6 ounces). Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, "Wasa turns 100 this year. Have a cracker," 5 Aug. 2019 On top of that, smashed cucumbers, peanuts, poppy seeds, flaky salt, and cilantro are piled on. Emily Schultz, Bon Appétit, "I Douse Everything in Hot Sauce, But This Cooling Silken Tofu Won Me Over," 2 Aug. 2019 SoCo Creamery Scoop Shop Go sophisticated with lemon poppy seed or old-school with rocky road (with handmade marshmallows). David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Ten iconic New England ice cream shops to try this summer," 29 May 2019 Add the pumpkin, flaxseeds, sesame and poppy seeds. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: William Werner’s Tomato Tart," 23 July 2019 An all-beef hot dog on a steamed poppy seed bun with raw onions, bright green relish, mustard, tomato slices, a pickle spear, sport peppers and a dash of celery salt. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Detroiters ate an awful lot of hot dogs last year. Here are the numbers," 2 July 2019 And Hillside Lane Naturals has granola bites and lemon poppy seed cookies infused with CBD. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "10 food trends you’ll soon be seeing everywhere in 2019," 26 June 2019 Whisk together confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, and poppy seeds in a bowl (thin with water if needed); drizzle over madeleines. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Jasmine Madeleines With Lemon-Poppy Seed Glaze," 1 Mar. 2019 In a bowl, whisk together sour cream, buttermilk, mustard, poppy seeds, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper; stir in shallot. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Barley Salad with Strawberries and Buttermilk Dressing," 29 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of poppy seed

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of poppy seed

: the small, black seed of a poppy that is used in baked goods (such as breads and cakes)

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