- 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
- Australian informal a person who has a high salary or is otherwise prominent
- any of numerous papaveraceous plants of the temperate genus Papaver, having red, orange, or white flowers and a milky sapSee 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
- a strong red to reddish-orange colour
- (as adjective)a poppy dress
- a less common name for poppyhead (def. 2)
- an artificial red poppy flower worn to mark Remembrance Sunday
- of or relating to pop music
Word Origin and History for tall 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).
- 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.
- An extract from the sap of unripe poppy seedpods, used in medicine and narcotics.