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 As much as this salad is defined by the crisp iceberg, Kismet’s is all about the miso-poppy seed dressing. Molly Baz, Bon Appétit, "This Is the Rotisserie Chicken of My Dreams and I’ll Eat It 5 Times a Week if I Want To," 5 Aug. 2020 Each particle is smaller than a poppy seed, but its layered shell can protect the uranium inside from melting even under the most extreme conditions that could occur in a reactor. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Nuclear ‘Power Balls’ May Make Meltdowns a Thing of the Past," 30 June 2020 Quinoa, amaranth, millet, farro, spelt, Kamut (a wheat grain said to be discovered in an Egyptian tomb) and teff (an Ethiopian grain about the size of a poppy seed) are some examples of ancient grains. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Overcome the coronavirus meat shortage by adopting one of the world's healthiest diets," 20 May 2020 Here are our favorite rhubarb recipes,from airy rhubarb mousse to sweet rhubarb-strawberry jam and wine-poached rhubarb and poppy seed crisp. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "18 Rhubarb Recipes To Love Beyond Rhubarb Pie," 12 May 2020 Add 3 1/4 cups flour, poppy seeds, salt, and baking soda. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Blueberry Sweet Rolls With Lemon," 21 Apr. 2020 Look for nine different flavors including lemon-poppy seed, horchata, piña colada with pistachios and blueberry-bourbon-basil, as well as mini vegan cake donuts. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "How to get Salt & Straw, Blue Star Donuts, more at home during coronavirus crisis," 9 Apr. 2020 Bloody Mary and mimosa kits are available, as are caviar, chocolate poppy seed roll cakes and flowers from Rosemary Stafford. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Where to find Mother’s Day brunch -- and more -- for takeout and delivery at home," 6 May 2020 Lazy Susan Brunch for four includes a take-and-heat quiche of goat cheese, asparagus and ramps, a strawberry-poppy seed salad to assemble at home and a bottle of rosé. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-area restaurants are doing Mother's Day specials by takeout this year," 30 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of poppy seed

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Poppy seed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poppy%20seed. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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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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