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.

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Muffins without their stems will be available in poppy seed, double chocolate and blueberry. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "McDonald's to Start Selling Muffin Tops, as Predicted by Elaine on 'Seinfeld'," 6 July 2018 In a bowl, combine butter, mustard and poppy seeds. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thanks, Mom: Readers share food legacy their mothers left them," 8 May 2018 But in another zoomed-in photo attached to the post, the health organization replaced the poppy seeds with tiny bugs. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "CDC apologizes after 'gross' poppy seed muffin post about ticks goes viral," 8 May 2018 Adult ticks are approximately the size of a sesame seed, and nymphal ticks are approximately the size of a poppy seed; most people are infected by nymphal ticks. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Ask the expert: With Lyme disease on the rise, here's how you can protect yourself," 3 July 2018 Two milligrams, the equivalent of seven poppy seeds, can kill. Fortune, "Deadly Chinese Fentanyl Is Creating a New Era of Drug Kingpins," 6 June 2018 Add poppy seeds, cardamom, and half of flour, stirring to form dough. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Blueberry-Cardamom Donut Holes," 19 Mar. 2018 Lyme Disease, Tularemia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and many other diseases can be transferred to you and sometimes your pets all because of a parasite the size of a poppy seed. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "How to Protect Your Pet From 2018's Dangerous Tick Season," 7 June 2018 The lemon poppy seed cake doughnut has a great sweet, citrusy scent. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "10 best donuts in Phoenix: I tried 400, sorry Dunkin' Donuts, you didn't make the cut," 30 May 2018

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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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