One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A prickly poppy, Argemone mexicana, with spiny leaves and yellow flowers, which is native to Central America, is grown for ornament, and has become a weed in many warm countries.
2United States regional any of several plants of the south-western United States that have poppy-like flowers.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Titford (1784–1823), accountant and botanist.
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