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ˈpɒp ipop·py

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. poppynoun

    annual or biennial or perennial herbs having showy flowers


  1. Poppynoun

    A female given name from English, a flower name used since the end of the 19th century.

    "It is a very pretty name, Mma. I should like to be called Poppy."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Poppynoun

    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 Illust. of Capsule

    Etymology: [OE. popy, AS. popig, L. papaver.]

  2. Poppynoun

    alt. of Poppyhead

    Etymology: [OE. popy, AS. popig, L. papaver.]


  1. Poppy

    The Poppy is an Angiospermae or flowering plant of the family Papaveraceae. Ornamental poppies are grown for their colorful flowers; some varieties of poppy are used as food, whilst other varieties produce the powerful medicinal alkaloid opium which has been used since ancient times to create analgesic and narcotic medicinal and recreational drugs. Following the trench warfare of the 1st World War which took place in the poppy fields of Flanders, red poppies have become a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime. Poppy flowers have 4 to 6 petals, many stamens forming a conspicuous whorl in the center of the flower and an ovary consisting of from 2 to many fused carpels. Poppies can grow to be over 4 feet tall, and 6 inches across. The petals are showy, may be of almost any color and some have markings. The petals are crumpled in the bud and as blooming finishes, the petals often lie flat before falling away. The poppy will become dormant after blooming. Poppies are in full bloom late spring to early summer. Most species secrete latex when injured. The pollen of the oriental poppy, Papaver orientale, is dark blue. The Papaver Somniferum poppy is mainly grown in Eastern and Southern Asia, and South Eastern Europe. It is believed that it originated in the Mediterranean region. The pollen of the field poppy or corn poppy is dark green to grey. Bees use poppies as a pollen source.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Poppy

    pop′i, n. a plant having large showy flowers, from one species of which opium is obtained.—adj. Popp′ied, covered or filled with poppies: listless, as the effects of opium.—ns. Popp′y-head, a carved ornament in wood, often finishing the end of a pew; Popp′y-oil, a fixed oil from the seeds of the opium-poppy. [A.S. popig—L. papaver, poppy.]

Editors Contribution

  1. poppy

    A type of cultivar, flower, plant and seed.

    The poppy is a popular flower and is used as a symbol of unity in some countries.

    Submitted by MaryC on November 4, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of poppy in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of poppy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of poppy in a Sentence

  1. Madeleine Swortwood:

    I’ve actually been in contact with a few physicians, especially addiction medicine physicians, who are treating patients with morphine addiction from consuming poppy seed tea. They are not heroin users, but they actually become addicted to the morphine from the tea.

  2. Robert Louis Stephenson:

    The man is a success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children who has filled his niche and accomplished his task who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.

  3. Ian Graham:

    Having our hands on this gene allows us to develop molecular breeding approaches to creating bespoke poppy varieties that make different compounds.

  4. Akbar Rustami:

    We tried to discourage farmers from sowing poppy seeds but they continue to ignore our orders because they want to earn more money.

  5. Ali Shamsi:

    We have already implemented alternative projects in those districts where poppy was cultivated before.

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