opium poppy

(redirected from poppy seed)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

opium poppy

n.
An annual plant (Papaver somniferum) native to southwest Asia, having grayish-green leaves and variously colored flowers and cultivated for its edible seeds and as the principal source of opium.

opium poppy

Herbal medicine
An annual, the unripe seeds of which contain alkaloids, including morphine, codeine and papaverine. The poppy has been used for than 5000 years in cultural rituals for inducing euphoria and reducing anxiety and inhibitions; the alkaloids are analgesic, antispasmodic and antitussive, and have been used for pain, colic and asthmatic attacks. Ripe poppy seeds have virtually no alkaloids and are often used as condiments.
 
Toxicity
Opium can cause fatal respiratory paralysis.
References in periodicals archive ?
As illustrated by the case of the breakfast muffin, differentiating poppy seed ingestion from the use of heroin, morphine, or codeine requires knowledge of the presence or absence of opiate metabolites and the relative concentrations of morphine and codeine.
Dubai: A lawyer produced a cookbook in court on Tuesday while arguing that poppy seeds are used for cooking and not just for growing.
SCHOOL children spread poppy seeds in Beaumont Park to commemorate the First World War.
Ever hear that consuming poppy seeds would cause a positive result on a drug test?
DOUBLE LEMON DRIZZLE CAKE WITH POPPY SEEDS | Ingredients: | 175g self-raising flour | 1tsp baking powder | 175g spreadable butter | 175g golden caster sugar | 3 large eggs | Grated zest of 3 large lemons | Juice of 1 large lemon | 40g poppy seeds | For the syrup: | Juice of 3 large lemons | Grated zest of 1 large lemon | 50g golden icing sugar, sifted | 100g golden granulated sugar | To finish: | 1tbsp golden granulated sugar, mixed with 1tsp poppy seeds | Method: Pre-heat the oven to 170degC, gas mark 3.
Poppy seed may also be pressed to produce cooking oil.
As we learned in Wednesday's New York Timesfrom Tablet Magazine contributing editor Joan Nathanno matter what you are eating in your hamantaschen (or what you think is your hamantaschen), be it more typical prune or apricot or, if you find yourself at Tel Aviv's Lehamim Bakery (which Nathan reports on), marzipan, halvah, pistachio, or marshmallows (!), let's be clear about one thing: You're only eating hamantaschen if it is filled with poppy seeds.
The Hovis and poppy seed biscuits didn't last five minutes.
Inspired by my visit, I have devised my own lemon poppy seed loaf but added the extra flavour of lavender, which was one of the lovely aromas in the garden.
STEVEN Askham, left, from That Cake's Tea Room, Guisborough, has this recipe for chewy lemon and poppy seed meringues.
Poppy Seed 7.25 Newmarket Ryan Moore has been booked to ride Poppy Seed off 8st 5lb in this 5f conditions stakes having not ridden at that weight since June 2006 and he has not ridden at less than 8st 7lb since August 2009.
Seeing that we spend the most time in there, it seems only fair that we have the final say on what's in the bathroom 1: Cath Kidston blue roses adult towelling robe, pounds 59.99, The Gifted Penguin, www.giftedpenguin.co.uk 2: Luxury bathroom set, pounds 99.50, Stylish Life, www.stylishlife.co.uk 3: Vintage toilet roll holder, pounds 14.95, Milk and Honey, www.milk-and-honey.co.uk 4: French bathroom storage rack, pounds 140, Jasmine Way, www.jasmineway.co.uk, 0208 715 2520 5: Bathroom apothecary hooks, pounds 4, Matalan, www.matalan.co.uk, 0845 330 3330 6: Black jewel soap dispenser, pounds 10, tissue box, pounds 15, cotton bud box, pounds 10, Matalan, www.matalan.co.uk, 0845 330 3330 7: Vanilla and poppy seed letter soap, pounds 5.99, Jonny's Sister, www.jonnyssister.co.uk