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.

    • ‘Most poppies are very easy to grow, especially annuals such as the California or the Shirley.’
    • ‘Thus poppies, hemp, some cacti, and some fungi share with vines a symbolic connection with the superhuman powers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's about delphiniums, not about poppies, and seems to be suffering from the same irritating slipperiness.’
    • ‘Around the ponds and burn there are paths and various plants, such as Himalayan poppies and rhododendrons.’
    • ‘To use poppies in arrangements, cut the poppy stem and sear it with a match right away to seal the end.’
    • ‘We tried cheerful annuals, marigolds, nasturtiums and poppies.’
    • ‘There will be colourful flowers, such as poppies to look at and smell, prickly plants and vegetables to eat.’
    • ‘Once the poppies have flowered, the seed heads are harvested and converted into morphine base in local laboratories.’
    • ‘And of all the flowers I sowed this spring only a handfuls of poppies and marigolds have come up.’
    • ‘And it is a pale grey, with just a big bunch of poppies and oats and I think they're cornflowers.’
    • ‘This will be in the New England style of white flowers rather than red poppies.’
    • ‘If heroin poppies had been planted, it might have been different.’
    • ‘Tomas's father lives in the countryside, amongst fields of golden wheat, rape seed and red poppies.’
    • ‘It may be a place of vines, but also of olives, poppies and lavender.’
    • ‘We walked ashore among delicate Svalbard poppies and purple-flowering saxifrage.’
    • ‘The air is pungent with the smell of the rain-soaked marigolds and yellow poppies.’
    • ‘Down one side of the lawn, we've got a good mass of herbs, clematis, sunflower seedlings and wild poppies.’
    • ‘It includes a painting of a bowling match taking place beside a flower bed out of which poppies are flowering.’
    • ‘Plants like peonies, poppies, and irises should also be planted in the fall season.’

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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He plays poppy folk-rock that's heavy on the ballads, and Retriever is no different.’
    • ‘All in all, they seem energetic and ready to start fresh with new poppy sounds and Jordy's high pitched vocals.’
    • ‘Most of the time the harsh subject matter is matched with light, poppy accompaniment.’
    • ‘During convalescence he reviewed his catalogue of poppy hits and decided to adopt a more serious introspective style.’
    • ‘There's a noisy, faux-metal beginning that moves into a poppy development phase.’
    • ‘It's your standard fare of poppy dance music with a vocalist whose R&B stylings come through her voice.’
    • ‘The guitars are even crunchier now and dominate the album, while the playful and poppy synth is ditched completely.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Where else can we share in our love of banal but poppy tunes that never really lived up to similar banal but poppy Wham!’
    • ‘He pushed a button on a small remote in his hand, and some annoying poppy music started playing.’
    • ‘The melodies tend to be very poppy, so often the message gets hidden.’
    • ‘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 shift from more poppy material was entirely intentional.’
    • ‘Though the boys may be young, and the music quite poppy, last night's show was all about rock.’
    • ‘These dozen folk-punk songs swing with an infectious rhythm and rollicking, poppy beat.’
    • ‘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.’
    melodious, melodic, musical, mellifluous, sweet-sounding, pleasant-sounding, dulcet, euphonious, harmonious, lyrical, lilting
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Pronunciation

poppy

/ˈpɒpi/