opium poppy


noun
  1. a Eurasian poppy, Papaver somniferum, having white, pink, red, or purple flowers, cultivated as the source of opium, for its oily seeds, and as an ornamental.

Origin of opium poppy

1
First recorded in 1860–65

Words Nearby opium poppy

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How to use opium poppy in a sentence

  • It is produced from the heads of the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum).

    The Romance of Plant Life | G. F. Scott Elliot
  • We noticed, moreover, that the abbey lands were bright with healthy-looking opium poppy-plants.

    Intimate China | Mrs. Archibald Little
  • In eight months not even Sherlock Holmes could have found a live opium poppy on the face of the earth.

    Revenge | Arthur Porges
  • The opium poppy, also a spring crop, is cultivated to some extent in the lower part of the valley.

British Dictionary definitions for opium poppy

opium poppy

noun
  1. a poppy, Papaver somniferum, of SW Asia, with greyish-green leaves and typically white or reddish flowers: widely cultivated as a source of opium

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