One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The seed capsule of a poppy.
- ‘She uses poppy heads, seeds and bark for percussion and she really does give the feeling that she's out in the open air whooping and calling across the fields in a frenzy of vocal exploration!’
- ‘Their eyes fell heavy like poppy heads and their mouths gasped, as though ready to accept the glittering Eucharist from the hands of his Holiness himself.’
- ‘It was noon next day when he stood on the platform, the train breathing steam alongside like an impatient dragon or an old scholar puffing poppy heads.’
- ‘Francesca pushed over some grasses to sit down, and played with a poppy head.’
2An ornamental top on the end of a church pew.
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