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poppy seed

noun
  1. seed of the poppy plant, used as an ingredient or topping for breads, rolls, cakes, and cookies.
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Origin of poppy seed

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425
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Examples from the Web for poppy seed

Historical Examples

  • In the house its food is poppy-seed and a little hemp-seed bruised.

    The Natural History of Cage Birds

    J. M. Bechstein

  • And to him the Sibyl gave a cake of honey and poppy-seed, causing sleep.

    Stories from Virgil

    Alfred J. Church

  • I'm going down presently to make some poppy-seed bread for Olaf.

  • When dry they should be treated with pure olive oil or poppy-seed oil, which may be diluted with benzine.

  • It is then preserved by impregnation with a solution of shellac, poppy-seed oil, or isinglass (pp. 70 and 86).


British Dictionary definitions for poppy seed

poppy seed

noun
  1. the small grey seeds of one type of poppy flower, used esp on loaves and as a cake filling
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