One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A European solitary bee, Osmia papaveris (family Megachilidae), which makes a nest in the ground lined with pieces cut from poppy petals (now rare).
2(In full "Mojave poppy bee") a rare bee of the south-western United States, Perdita meconis (family Andrenidae), which pollinates certain flowers of the poppy family.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Bingley (1774–1823), naturalist and Church of England clergyman.
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