tall poppy


noun, plural poppies for 1, 2, 4–7.
any plant of the genus Papaver, having showy, usually red flowers. Compare poppy family.
any of several related or similar plants, as the California poppy or the prickly poppy.
an extract, as opium, from such a plant.
Also called poppy red. an orangish red resembling scarlet.
Architecture, poppyhead.
an artificial flower resembling a poppy, especially one received as evidence of a contribution to a fund for disabled war veterans.
tall poppy, Australian. someone of preeminence or with a large income; important and powerful person.

before 900; Middle English; Old English popæg, papigVulgar Latin *papāvum, for Latin papāver

poppylike, adjective
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poppy1 (ˈpɒpɪ)
n , pl -pies
1.  corn poppy Iceland poppy See opium poppy any of numerous papaveraceous plants of the temperate genus Papaver, having red, orange, or white flowers and a milky sap
2.  any of several similar or related plants, such as the California poppy, prickly poppy, horned poppy, and Welsh poppy
3.  obsolete any of the drugs, such as opium, that are obtained from these plants
4.  a.  a strong red to reddish-orange colour
 b.  (as adjective): a poppy dress
5.  a less common name for poppyhead
6.  an artificial red poppy flower worn to mark Remembrance Sunday
[Old English popæg, ultimately from Latin papāver]

poppy2 (ˈpɒpɪ)
adj , -pier, -piest
of or relating to pop music

tall poppy
informal (Austral) a person who has a high salary or is otherwise prominent
[perhaps from Tarquin's decapitation of the tallest poppies in his garden, to indicate the fate of the most prominent citizens of Gabii]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. popæg, from W.Gmc. *papua-, probably from V.L. *papavum, from L. papaver "poppy," perhaps a reduplicated form of imitative base *pap- "to swell." Associated with battlefields and war dead at least since Waterloo (1815).
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poppy pop·py (pŏp'ē)

  1. Any of numerous plants of the genus Papaver, having showy red, orange, or white flowers, a milky juice, and capsules that dehisce through terminal pores.

  2. An extract from the sap of unripe poppy seedpods, used in medicine and narcotics.

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