poppy seed


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

Example Sentences

Sprinkle poppy seeds on the bread before baking.
Recent Examples on the Web The store offers poppy seed bagels, cinnamon raisin bagels, egg bagels, everything bagels, whole wheat bagels, onion bagels, garlic bagels, salt bagels, gluten-free bagels — and other varieties. Maureen Mackey, Fox News, 15 Jan. 2023 Half a dozen salads encourage you to eat your vegetables; go green with sugar snap peas and shaved celery — plus radishes, almonds and a creamy poppy seed dressing — or better yet, Italian. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2022 Certain ticks, namely deer ticks, which are known to carry Lyme disease, can be as small as a single poppy seed. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022 Generally speaking, the bun in which a Chicago-style hot dog is laid must be poppy seed. Talia Soglin, Chicago Tribune, 21 Oct. 2022 My favorite fillings are the traditional ones: poppy seed, prune and apricot. Louisa Shafia, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2022 Skip this in favor of the new poppy seed dressing—much better. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 28 Oct. 2022 The product line includes poppy seed chicken, king ranch chicken, chicken tetrazzini, chicken and dumplings, almond chicken, and sausage and grits casseroles, as well as a buffalo chick dip appetizer. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, 15 Sep. 2022 Speaking of those fixings, the classic Chicago dog has seven additional ingredients nestled in its steamed poppy seed bun. Graydon Megan, Chicago Tribune, 30 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 3 Feb. 2023.

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