poppy

Definitions

  • GATHERING POPPIES AT THE BASE OF THE SIERRA MADRE
    GATHERING POPPIES AT THE BASE OF THE SIERRA MADRE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n poppy annual or biennial or perennial herbs having showy flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of the Asian poppy plant. Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder. Street names for heroin include "smack," "H," "skag," and "junk." Other names may refer to types of heroin produced in a specific geographical area, such as "Mexican black tar."
    • n Poppy (Arch) A raised ornament frequently having the form of a final. It is generally used on the tops of the upright ends or elbows which terminate seats, etc., in Gothic churches.
    • n Poppy (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 Illust. of Capsule.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Plants that need to attract moths for pollination are generally white or pale yellow, to be better seen when the light is dim. Plants that depend on butterflies, such as the poppy or the hibiscus, have more colorful flowers.
    • n poppy 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-oil and 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 poppy One of several plants belonging to other genera of the Papaveraceæ.
    • n poppy The foxglove.
    • n poppy In architecture, same as poppy-head.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Heroin is derived from the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum, which means the poppy that brings sleep.
    • n Poppy pop′i a plant having large showy flowers, from one species of which opium is obtained
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Quotations

  • Sir Thomas Browne
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    “But the iniquity of oblivion blindly scattereth her poppy, and deals with the memory of men without distinction to merit of perpetuity.”
  • E. J. Hobsbawm
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    “Historians are to nationalism what poppy-growers in Pakistan are to heroin-addicts: we supply the essential raw material for the market.”

Idioms

Cut down the tall poppies - (AU) If people cut down the tall poppies, they criticise people who stand out from the crowd.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. popy, AS. popig, L. papaver,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. popig—L. papaver, poppy.

Usage

In literature:

But the poet makes the comparison with poppy flowers and wheat.
"Books and Habits from the Lectures of Lafcadio Hearn" by Lafcadio Hearn
True, almost all the old poppy-heads or thistle-heads, the native nobles and notables, were gone.
"The Life of John Milton, Volume 5 (of 7), 1654-1660" by David Masson
It's all poppy-cock, I tell you; the man's as much alive as you or I. Thirty-five thousand dollars!
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
A kitchen garden spread behind it; in front pale purple poppies had the ill-kept garden to themselves.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
It acts upon a girl's sense of right and wrong as poppy juice acts on pain.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
Good-night, Ragged Robins; good-night, Poppies.
"A Student in Arms" by Donald Hankey
As I placed those poppies in a box, on a bed of green moss, I heard them chuckle together, with some surprise and much glee.
"A Few Short Sketches" by Douglass Sherley
Why don't I do the honest thing by her and say to her that all that is poppy-cock?
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
I drew the cork, inhaled for a moment the hard dry odour of poppies, and prepared to drink.
"Prose Fancies" by Richard Le Gallienne
KING POPPY: a Fantasia.
"A Woman's Part in a Revolution" by Natalie Harris Hammond
But pleasures are like poppies spread, You seize the flower, its bloom is shed.
"Handy Dictionary of Poetical Quotations" by Various
They were late poppies, a third generation, which had been unable to resist the call of the warm October sun.
"The Turtles of Tasman" by Jack London
Charlotte was calmly mingling the poppies and wheat in her hands.
"The Squire of Sandal-Side" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Well, you would have us snowed upon with poppies till we sleep and forget these things.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
In Europe the poppy is cultivated mostly for the seeds.
"A Catechism of Familiar Things; Their History, and the Events Which Led to Their Discovery" by Benziger Brothers
The only thing about it that fits is the color scheme; Poppy was a red-and-white cow, but I'd rather not.
"The Smiling Hill-Top" by Julia M. Sloane
Then strain off, and add 1/4 gill of poppy-oil.
"French Polishing and Enamelling" by Richard Bitmead
TANGIER SCORZONERA, or POPPY-LEAV'D VIPERS GRASS.
"The Botanical Magazine, Vol. 4" by William Curtis
Wants to get drunk on poppies and kiss the writin' and thinks after that he'll be made into a butterfly.
"Flower of the Dusk" by Myrtle Reed
Sister Gabrielle turned as red as a poppy.
"In the Field (1914-1915)" by Marcel Dupont
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In poetry:

Last, for fancy's yearning
Thought to save,
Her frail poppy burning
August gave.
"Autumn" by Manmohan Ghose
Not like a garden poppy strewn
And scented as an Eden fair
Has been the Block at afternoon.
So Spring came not to me this year.
Curse on the greedy profiteer
Who made the dear ones all too dear!
"Why Spring Fell Flat" by Edward Dyson
So, some time, when the last of all our evenings
Crowneth memorially the last of all our days,
Not loth to take his poppies man goes down and says,
"Sufficient for the day were the day's evil things!"
"Vesperal" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
THERE is an end of joy and sorrow;
Peace all day long, all night, all morrow,
But never a time to laugh or weep.
The end is come of pleasant places,
The end of tender words and faces,
The end of all, the poppied sleep.
"Ilicet" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Would you forget, oh sorrowful soul,
Come and drink of this golden bowl,
With jewelled poppies about the rim,
Drink of the wine that flushes its brim,
And drown all your haunting memories there,
Your woe and your weary care.
"The Song Of The Siren" by Marietta Holley
Why will ye weep? what do ye weeping?
For waking folk and people sleeping,
And sands that fill and sands that fall,
The days rose-red, the poppied hours,
Blood, wine, and spice and fire and flowers,
There is one end of one and all.
"Ilicet" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Dakine, Poppy shoulder bag , $40, Kirkham's, 3125 S State Street.
Last week, police arrested Nicholas Moorhouse, 34, in connection with thefts of poppy boxes at three downtown Tim Hortons.
As past Commander of Post 8755 in Sheffield, I want to thank all the people who gave donations to the 2012 Veterans Day Poppy Sales.
On Dec 1, 1943 in Nashville, Tenn. She married William "Poppy" Cone .
The poppy single squeezed by George Strait's new song for a fifth straight win.
In Afghanistan, poppy crop rules.
"Poppies," 1978, by Helena Hernmarck.
I was with our grandchildren the other day, up to some kind of mischief like usual, and one of the boys picked something up and said, "This smells like Poppi".
Jennifer Shemak, center, who created the award-winning poppy-seed dressing, is flanked by Sara Bauman, left, and Dustin Hostetler, right at Grumpy 's.
Are you wearing a handmade poppy.
Poppi + Poppie + Add an Alternative.
Poppy Delevigne's Perfect Romper.
The Poppy Factory in south west London, has been making millions of poppies , crosses and wreaths for the Royal Family and the Royal British Legion's annual Remembrance Day appeal for more than 90 years.
Thank you, also, to local stores that allowed us to distribute poppies .
Get the latest news, stats, videos, and more about Villanova Wildcats wide receiver Poppy Livers on ESPN.com.
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In science:

This is the Bok globule noted by Scappini et al. (2007) and Poppi et al. (2010).
A Fresh Catch of Massive Binaries in the Cygnus OB2 Association
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