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poppy seed

seed of the poppy plant, used as an ingredient or topping for breads, rolls, cakes, and cookies.
Origin of poppy seed
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This time there were two sacks of poppy seed and linseed which she had to separate.

  • This morning I have with my own hand placed the poppy seed in the cage, and he is not the least alarmed.

    The Bird Jules Michelet
  • Gentle Dora agreed and then planted the entire farm in millet and rye and poppy seed.

    The Shoemaker's Apron Parker Fillmore
  • Peanut oil or sesame and poppy seed oil often replaces olive oil, as they form a similar soap to olive oil.

    Soap-Making Manual E. G. Thomssen
  • Peanut oil may replace the olive oil or part of it, the same being true of sesame oil and poppy seed oil.

    Soap-Making Manual E. G. Thomssen
  • From the poppy seed a beautiful transparent oil is made, which is extensively used in house painting.

  • If you sowed a patch of your garden with poppy seed you would have the flowers growing there year after year.

    Wildflowers of the Farm Arthur Owens Cooke
  • It is fed on rape, hemp, and poppy seed, which appear to agree with it very well.

  • Three pairs of hands appeared, gathered up the poppy seed, and bore it out of sight.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • Its food is canary seed, millet, poppy seed, and bruised hemp seed.

British Dictionary definitions for poppy seed

poppy seed

the small grey seeds of one type of poppy flower, used esp on loaves and as a cake filling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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