[ pop-ee ]
/ ˈpɒp i /

noun, plural pop·pies 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.



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Idioms for poppy

    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, papig ≪ Vulgar Latin *papāvum, for Latin papāver


pop·py·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for poppy (1 of 2)

/ (ˈpɒpɪ) /

noun plural -pies

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
  1. a strong red to reddish-orange colour
  2. (as adjective)a poppy dress
a less common name for poppyhead (def. 2)
an artificial red poppy flower worn to mark Remembrance Sunday

Word Origin for poppy

Old English popæg, ultimately from Latin papāver

British Dictionary definitions for poppy (2 of 2)

/ (ˈpɒpɪ) /

adjective -pier or -piest

of or relating to pop music
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Medical definitions for poppy

[ pŏpē ]


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.
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