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poppy

[pop-ee]
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noun, plural pop·pies for 1, 2, 4–7.
  1. any plant of the genus Papaver, having showy, usually red flowers.Compare poppy family.
  2. any of several related or similar plants, as the California poppy or the prickly poppy.
  3. an extract, as opium, from such a plant.
  4. Also called poppy red. an orangish red resembling scarlet.
  5. Architecture. poppyhead.
  6. 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
  1. tall poppy, Australian. someone of preeminence or with a large income; important and powerful person.
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Origin of poppy

before 900; Middle English; Old English popæg, papigVulgar Latin *papāvum, for Latin papāver
Related formspop·py·like, adjective
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Related Words

heroinopiatedrugpoppymorphinedopehypnoticsoporifictarcodeinepapaverine

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  • It is in the brain that the poppy is red, that the apple is odorous, that the skylark sings.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • You were in a poppy sleep on the mystic flowers of ancient dreams.

  • Now solitude and silence are worse for me than poppy and mandragora.

  • I used to turn as red as a poppy when I happened to meet the eye of some spectator.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • French poppy beareth a faire flower, and the Seed will make you sleepe.


British Dictionary definitions for poppy

poppy1

noun plural -pies
  1. 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
  2. any of several similar or related plants, such as the California poppy, prickly poppy, horned poppy, and Welsh poppy
  3. 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
  4. a less common name for poppyhead (def. 2)
  5. an artificial red poppy flower worn to mark Remembrance Sunday
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Word Origin

Old English popæg, ultimately from Latin papāver

poppy2

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

n.

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

(pŏpē)
n.
  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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