[AS. popig.] A herbaceous plant be longing to the genus Papaver, and bearing large, showy, but short-lived flowers. The most important species is that known as the opium or oil-poppy. It is extensively cultivated i n warm climates for its milky juice, which when condensed forms the opium of commerce, and also for the bland fixed oil obtained from the seeds. Poppy oil is as sweet as olive oil, and is employed for culinary purposes. (See Opium.)
THE POPPY PLANT.