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[ pop-ee ]


, plural pop·pies
  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.



/ ˈpɒpɪ /


  1. any of numerous papaveraceous plants of the temperate genus Papaver, having red, orange, or white flowers and a milky sap See 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
  5. an artificial red poppy flower worn to mark Remembrance Sunday



/ ˈpɒpɪ /


  1. of or relating to pop music

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Other Words From

  • poppy·like adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of poppy1

before 900; Middle English; Old English popæg, papig Vulgar Latin *papāvum, for Latin papāver

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Word History and Origins

Origin of poppy1

Old English popæg, ultimately from Latin papāver

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. tall poppy, Australian. someone of preeminence or with a large income; important and powerful person.

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Example Sentences

Their poppy color and abundant contrast give these high-end panels an edge over much of their competition.

I remember pulling a tick from my sleeve, marveling that it was, quite literally, the size of a poppy seed.

Yet how their poppy seed-sized brain, with hundreds of thousands of neuronal branches that tangle into a cotton ball, powers those behaviors remains unsolved.

So he proudly watches his poppies grow while nervously eyeing a Drug Enforcement Administration crackdown on other would-be poppy rebels.

Choose a poppy color like coral, summer blue, and mint green.

Music journalist Joel Selwin annotates, with a preface by Donovan, a foreword by Jorma Kaukonen, and an afterword by John Poppy.

Poppy Morgan went to her primary care doctor in 2010 because she desperately wanted to take a risk.

Her gorgeous legs seemingly reaching up to the sky, Swift performed her new single, “Shake It Off,” with a bouncy, poppy energy.

Cases in point: girl starbabies named Autumn James, Gracie James, Mary James, Poppy James, Agnes Charles and Lucy Thomas.

To this day, I, like many in Britain, still wear a poppy on Nov. 11.

California seemed less like a voluptuous leviathan blowing poppy-dust that blunted the memory of all things beyond her borders.

Gives much, but claims all, and he who would open the poppy-gates must close the door of ambition and bid farewell to manhood.

The hills burst into buttercups, "blue eyes," yellow and purple lupins, the heavy pungent gold-red poppy.

A second inferior quantity is obtained by pressing and boiling the poppy heads and stems.

Martin turned as red as a poppy, as he flashed up in honest anger that such paltry meanness should be charged on him.


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What does poppy mean?

The name poppy can refer to any plant in the poppy family, especially in the genus Papaver, which typically have red, orange, or white showy, solitary flowers.

Varieties include the California poppy, the Oriental poppy, the corn poppy, the Iceland poppy, and the prickly poppy. Poppies are popular in gardens and bouquets.

Poppies release a milky sap that we call latex. Poppy seeds are used in baking and cooking. The variety of poppy known as the opium poppy is used to produce opium, which contains several narcotic substances used in drugs and painkilling medicines (including morphine and codeine).

After World War I, red poppies became a symbol used to remember fallen soldiers. Today, these are often artificial. The poppy is one of the August birth flowers (a flower that’s associated with a particular month in the same way as a birthstone).

Example: My grandfather always pins a poppy to his shirt on Memorial Day.

Completely unrelatedly, the word poppy is also an adjective form of the noun pop, as in pop music, which is simply a shortening of popular. This sense of poppy is used to describe things considered representative of pop.

Example: The band seems like they’re going for more of a poppy sound on their new album. 

Where does poppy come from?

The first records of the word poppy come from before the year 900. It comes from the Old English popæg, ultimately from the Latin papāver.

The association between poppies and sleep predates the “poppies will make them sleep” scene in The Wizard of Oz. Opium, whose name comes from a Latin word meaning “poppy juice,” contains several narcotic elements, including morphine, that can cause sleepiness. The narco- root in both narcotic and the name of the sleep disorder narcolepsy comes from the Greek narkē, meaning “numbness.” The word morphine is based on the name of Morpheus, the Greek god of sleep and dreams.

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How is poppy used in real life?

Poppies are popular and well-known flowers. They are known for being a symbol of remembrance for fallen soldiers. They are also associated with opium. And their seeds are popular in baked goods like breads and muffins.

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True or False? 

Latex is derived from poppies.

Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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