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[pop-ee] /ˈpɒp i/
noun, plural poppies for 1, 2, 4–7.
1.
any plant of the genus Papaver, having showy, usually red flowers.
Compare poppy family.
2.
any of several related or similar plants, as the California poppy or the prickly poppy.
3.
an extract, as opium, from such a plant.
4.
Also called poppy red. an orangish red resembling scarlet.
5.
Architecture, poppyhead.
6.
an artificial flower resembling a poppy, especially one received as evidence of a contribution to a fund for disabled war veterans.
Idioms
7.
tall poppy, Australian. someone of preeminence or with a large income; important and powerful person.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English popæg, papigVulgar Latin *papāvum, for Latin papāver
Related forms
poppylike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tall poppy

tall poppy

noun
1.
(Austral, informal) a person who has a high salary or is otherwise prominent
Word Origin
perhaps from Tarquin's decapitation of the tallest poppies in his garden, to indicate the fate of the most prominent citizens of Gabii

poppy1

/ˈpɒpɪ/
noun (pl) -pies
1.
any of numerous papaveraceous plants of the temperate genus Papaver, having red, orange, or white flowers and a milky sap See corn poppy, Iceland poppy, opium poppy
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.
  1. a strong red to reddish-orange colour
  2. (as adjective): a poppy dress
5.
a less common name for poppyhead (sense 2)
6.
an artificial red poppy flower worn to mark Remembrance Sunday
Word Origin
Old English popæg, ultimately from Latin papāver

poppy2

/ˈpɒpɪ/
adjective -pier, -piest
1.
of or relating to pop music
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Word Origin and History for tall poppy

poppy

n.

late Old English popig, popæg, from West Germanic *papua-, probably from Vulgar Latin *papavum, from Latin papaver "poppy," perhaps a reduplicated form of imitative root *pap- "to swell." Associated with battlefields and war dead at least since Waterloo (1815). Poppy-seed is from early 15c.; in 17c. it also was a small unit of length (less than one-twelfth of an inch).

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tall poppy in Medicine

poppy pop·py (pŏp'ē)
n.

  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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Encyclopedia Article for tall poppy

poppy

any of several ornamental flowering plants of the poppy family (Papaveraceae), especially species of the genus Papaver, which have lobed or dissected leaves, milky sap, often nodding buds on solitary stalks, and four- to six-petaled flowers with numerous stamens surrounding the ovary. The two sepals drop off as the petals unfold. The ovary develops into a spherical capsule topped by a disk formed by the stigmas. The many small seeds escape from pores beneath the disk when the capsule is shaken by the wind

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