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[pop-ee] /ˈpɒp i/
noun, plural poppies for 1, 2, 4–7.
any plant of the genus Papaver, having showy, usually red flowers.
Compare poppy family.
any of several related or similar plants, as the California poppy or the prickly poppy.
an extract, as opium, from such a plant.
Also called poppy red. an orangish red resembling scarlet.
Architecture. poppyhead.
an artificial flower resembling a poppy, especially one received as evidence of a contribution to a fund for disabled war veterans.
tall poppy, Australian. someone of preeminence or with a large income; important and powerful person.
Origin of poppy
before 900; Middle English; Old English popæg, papigVulgar Latin *papāvum, for Latin papāver
Related forms
poppylike, adjective Unabridged
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  • She lifted him close to her face, and intently searched his poppy eyes.

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • I must own I never could help doubting Dr. Hooker's case of the poppy.

  • poppy had the hopeless feeling that she had lost a lover without finding a friend, and the thought filled her with sadness.

    Poppy Cynthia Stockley
  • He gave her a piece; and poppy ate it, though it didn't taste good at all.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI Louisa M. Alcott
  • He must have known how much she had wanted one of those wax dolls, poppy thought.

    Poppy's Presents Mrs O. F. Walton
British Dictionary definitions for poppy


noun (pl) -pies
any of numerous papaveraceous plants of the temperate genus Papaver, having red, orange, or white flowers and a milky sap See corn poppy, Iceland poppy, opium poppy
any of several similar or related plants, such as the California poppy, prickly poppy, horned poppy, and Welsh poppy
(obsolete) any of the drugs, such as opium, that are obtained from these plants
  1. a strong red to reddish-orange colour
  2. (as adjective): a poppy dress
a less common name for poppyhead (sense 2)
an artificial red poppy flower worn to mark Remembrance Sunday
Word Origin
Old English popæg, ultimately from Latin papāver


adjective -pier, -piest
of or relating to pop music
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Word Origin and History for poppy

late Old English popig, popæg, from West Germanic *papua-, probably from Vulgar Latin *papavum, from Latin papaver "poppy," perhaps a reduplicated form of imitative root *pap- "to swell." Associated with battlefields and war dead at least since Waterloo (1815). Poppy-seed is from early 15c.; in 17c. it also was a small unit of length (less than one-twelfth of an inch).

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poppy in Medicine

poppy pop·py (pŏp'ē)

  1. Any of numerous plants of the genus Papaver, having showy red, orange, or white flowers, a milky juice, and capsules that dehisce through terminal pores.

  2. An extract from the sap of unripe poppy seedpods, used in medicine and narcotics.

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