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(pă-pā'vĕr, pă-pav'er),
A genus of plants, one species of which, Papaver somniferum (family Papaveraceae), furnishes opium.
Synonym(s): poppy
[L. poppy]


Any of the several plants of the genus Papaver. Opium is obtained from the juice of the unripe pods of Papaver somniferum.


n Latin names:
Papaver somniferum, Papaver bracteatum; part used: seeds; uses: diarrhea, sedative, antitussive, smooth muscle relaxant; analgesic; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, addiction, CNS depression, respiratory depression, overdose. Also called
great scarlet poppy, opium poppy, poppyseed, or
thebaine poppy.


member of the plant family Papaveraceae. Includes the genera Papaver, Chelidonium and Argemone.

poppy (horticultural)
see papaversomniferum.
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Since Die Swerfjare van Poppie Nongena (1978), Elsa Joubert's story of the life of a woman without 'proper papers', life writing has come a long way in South Africa.
7) For instance, the criticism levelled at the South African writer, Elsa Joubert for transcribing and editing the story of the indigenous woman, Poppie Nongena (Coetzee, 1979).
Connor's article about Little Lizzie (GunCrank, July/Aug 2005), my first reaction was to load a wheelbarrow with various things, mostly black, of different size, shape and clobber (pun intended) into my car and go tell Lizzie that Poppie Joe would do what he could to "Keep the Bad Mens away.
Dillon does an exceptional job creating numerous voices for the many characters, from the young child Poppie to the main characters Lina and Doon to the elderly, exhausted Doctor Hester.
1981); Elsa Joubart's recording of Poppie's story is a remarkable addition in this genre: The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena (Johannesburg, 1980).
Now, whenever I use these letters to teach the 1920s, Nana and Poppie seem present with me in the class.
lekker slape, poppie `nicely sleep, little-doll' da zittie `there sits-he' v.
The inclusion of works such as Lindsey Collen's The Rape of Sita, Else Joubert's Poppie Nongena and Maryse Conde's Segu raises stimulating questions about authorship, the very definition of African literature, and the plasticity of its literary canon.
In her sensitive reading of the South African autobiographical narrative The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena--the result of the collaboration between Elsa Joubert, a white Afrikaans writer, and a black woman from the townships, tictively named Poppie Nongena, where Joubert transcribed and edited Nongena's oral story--Anne McClintock reflects on such unequal collaborative endeavors:
1981) (finding a likelihood that the depiction of Pillsbury's trade characters, Poppin' Fresh and Poppie Fresh, engaging in sexual intercourse "could injure the business reputation of [Pillsbury] or dilute the distinctive quality of its trademark").
A popular pattern at Karen Lee Ballard was Summer Picnic, featuring bright red poppie bouquets.
Elsa Joubert is best known for Die swerfjare van Poppie Nongena (1978; see WLT 53:4, p.