from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The wild poppy, or red corn rose.
  • n. The color of the wild poppy; a color nearly red, like orange mixed with scarlet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Wild poppy; corn-rose; hence, the color of wild poppy; a color nearly red, or red mixed with orange.


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  • poppy-colored: brilliant red with orange.

    Jane Austen's letter to her sister Cassandra, Dec. 18, 1798:

    I still venture to retain the narrow silver round it, put twice round without any bow, and instead of the black military feather shall put in the coquelicot one as being smarter, and besides coquelicot is to be all the fashion this winter. After the ball I shall probably make it entirely black.

    The fact that so many fashionable women wore coquelicot (poppy red) was probably intentional. Whistler often asked his lady friends to dress in colors that would harmonize with his designs, and one of the most vibrant "notes" that echoed through the installation was that rung by the bright poppy reds that dominate several of the most striking figure paintings ...

    – Kenneth John Myers, Mr. Whistler's gallery: the art of displaying art, Magazine Antiques, Nov. 1, 2003

    November 5, 2007