American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous plants of the genus Papaver, having nodding buds with four crumpled petals, showy red, orange, or white flowers, a milky juice, and capsules that dehisce through terminal pores.
- n. Any of several similar or related plants, such as the California poppy.
- n. An extract from the sap of unripe poppy seedpods, used in medicine and narcotics.
- n. A vivid red to reddish orange.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Papaver. The poppies are showy herbs, in the New World cultivated chiefly in gardeus, and wild or cultivated in the Old. The opium-poppy, P. somniferum, is of importance as the source of opium and as yielding, in its seeds, a valuable oil. (See
poppy-oiland maw-seed.) Its capsules afford also a syrup or extract used as a sedative, and in hot decoction serve as an anodyne application. The opium-poppy is a glaucous plant, with wavy clasping leaves. The petals and seeds vary in color. The variety chiefly cultivated in India and Persia has white petals and white seeds, that in Asia Minor purple petals and dark seeds; they are called respectively white and black poppy. The common red poppy, corn-poppy, or corn-rose is P. Rhœas, abounding in central and southern Europe and western Asia. The petals are deep-red or scarlet with a dark eye, or when doubled varying in color. The long-headed poppy, P. dubium, has smaller flowers of a lighter red, the capsule elongated. The Oriental poppy, P. orientale, has a very large deep-red flower on a tall peduncle, and is the most showy species.
- n. One of several plants belonging to other genera of the Papaveraceæ.
- n. The foxglove.
- n. In architecture, same as poppy-head.
- n. An affectionate nickname given to a father or grandfather, or a male authority figure standing in a similar position.
- adj. music In the style of pop music.
- adj. Having a popping sound.
- n. Any plant of the species Papaver, with crumpled often red petals and a milky juice.
- n. a bright red colour, tinted with orange, like that of the poppy flower.
- n. chiefly UK, Canada a simple artificial poppy worn in the buttonhole to remember the fallen in the two World Wars, especially around Remembrance Sunday.
- adj. of a bright red colour, tinted with orange, like that of the poppy flower.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) Any plant or species of the genus Papaver, herbs with showy polypetalous flowers and a milky juice. From one species (Papaver somniferum) opium is obtained, though all the species contain it to some extent; also, a flower of the plant. See
- n. (Arch.) A raised ornament frequently having the form of final. It is generally used on the tops of the upright ends or elbows which terminate seats, etc., in Gothic churches.
- n. annual or biennial or perennial herbs having showy flowers
- From Old English popiġ (Wiktionary)
- Middle English popi, from Old English popig, probably alteration of Vulgar Latin *papāvum, alteration of Latin papāver. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Since the Taliban was toppled in late 2001, U.S. and other Western officials have sought to provide crop alternatives to Afghan farmers in districts in the south and west, where the bulk of the country's poppy is grown.”
“But the Taliban's dominance in poppy-growing regions, high unemployment and the sinking prices of other crops have kept the opium trade strong.”
“Add wet ingredients and mix lightly, then mix in poppy seeds gently.”
“At one end lies Afghanistan where poppy is harvested for transshipment through Iran and Turkey; as morphine base it is then refined into “product” for worldwide consumption.”
“Actually, the white poppy is for sale all year round.”
“When the Spanish settled here they called the poppy _copa de oro_, or cup of gold.”
“Blossoms of garden poppies of numerous colours – the white poppy is the opium poppy – petals are four in number, very much crumpled in the bud – buds droop on stem, but flower is erect.”
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