opium poppy

  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

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

  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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