Main definitions of poppy in English

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poppy1

noun

  • A herbaceous plant with showy flowers, milky sap, and rounded seed capsules. Many poppies contain alkaloids and are a source of drugs such as morphine and codeine.

    • ‘We tried cheerful annuals, marigolds, nasturtiums and poppies.’
    • ‘Thus poppies, hemp, some cacti, and some fungi share with vines a symbolic connection with the superhuman powers.’
    • ‘It includes a painting of a bowling match taking place beside a flower bed out of which poppies are flowering.’
    • ‘Once the poppies have flowered, the seed heads are harvested and converted into morphine base in local laboratories.’
    • ‘Down one side of the lawn, we've got a good mass of herbs, clematis, sunflower seedlings and wild poppies.’
    • ‘It may be a place of vines, but also of olives, poppies and lavender.’
    • ‘Plants like peonies, poppies, and irises should also be planted in the fall season.’
    • ‘We walked ashore among delicate Svalbard poppies and purple-flowering saxifrage.’
    • ‘The resultant plants were no smaller in height than the perennial poppies I already had but they produced enormous flowers in a range of shades.’
    • ‘To use poppies in arrangements, cut the poppy stem and sear it with a match right away to seal the end.’
    • ‘And it is a pale grey, with just a big bunch of poppies and oats and I think they're cornflowers.’
    • ‘If heroin poppies had been planted, it might have been different.’
    • ‘This will be in the New England style of white flowers rather than red poppies.’
    • ‘The air is pungent with the smell of the rain-soaked marigolds and yellow poppies.’
    • ‘Tomas's father lives in the countryside, amongst fields of golden wheat, rape seed and red poppies.’
    • ‘Most poppies are very easy to grow, especially annuals such as the California or the Shirley.’
    • ‘Around the ponds and burn there are paths and various plants, such as Himalayan poppies and rhododendrons.’
    • ‘There will be colourful flowers, such as poppies to look at and smell, prickly plants and vegetables to eat.’
    • ‘It's about delphiniums, not about poppies, and seems to be suffering from the same irritating slipperiness.’
    • ‘And of all the flowers I sowed this spring only a handfuls of poppies and marigolds have come up.’

Origin

Old English popig, papæg, from a medieval Latin alteration of Latin papaver.

Pronunciation:

poppy

/ˈpɒpi/

Main definitions of poppy in English

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poppy2

adjective

  • (of popular music) tuneful and immediately appealing:

    ‘catchy, poppy tunes’
    • ‘Most of the time the harsh subject matter is matched with light, poppy accompaniment.’
    • ‘He pushed a button on a small remote in his hand, and some annoying poppy music started playing.’
    • ‘It's good fun for fans, and particularly for anyone who saw it live, but it's far too poppy and gimmicky to really fit into this remix CD.’
    • ‘Though the boys may be young, and the music quite poppy, last night's show was all about rock.’
    • ‘He plays poppy folk-rock that's heavy on the ballads, and Retriever is no different.’
    • ‘There were a couple of catchy numbers, a bit of rockiness and a lot of more relaxed poppy numbers and they are indeed a band of quality musicians.’
    • ‘All in all, they seem energetic and ready to start fresh with new poppy sounds and Jordy's high pitched vocals.’
    • ‘In this year's sub-category of blond, male and female duos doing poppy songs, this one is going head-to-head with the UK.’
    • ‘They only did four songs, but Nicole and Jason were poppy and lively and such good sports for doing their set right in front of us.’
    • ‘The shift from more poppy material was entirely intentional.’
    • ‘During convalescence he reviewed his catalogue of poppy hits and decided to adopt a more serious introspective style.’
    • ‘These dozen folk-punk songs swing with an infectious rhythm and rollicking, poppy beat.’
    • ‘It's your standard fare of poppy dance music with a vocalist whose R&B stylings come through her voice.’
    • ‘There's a noisy, faux-metal beginning that moves into a poppy development phase.’
    • ‘The melodies tend to be very poppy, so often the message gets hidden.’
    • ‘Where else can we share in our love of banal but poppy tunes that never really lived up to similar banal but poppy Wham!’
    • ‘While the disc has plenty of poppy moments and more than its fair share of slamming beats, its sheer variety may perplex some older fans.’
    • ‘The guitars are even crunchier now and dominate the album, while the playful and poppy synth is ditched completely.’
    melodious, melodic, musical, mellifluous, sweet-sounding, pleasant-sounding, dulcet, euphonious, harmonious, lyrical, lilting
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Pronunciation:

poppy

/ˈpɒpi/