Definition of oriental poppy in English:

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oriental poppy


A southwestern Asian poppy with coarse, deeply cut, hairy leaves and large scarlet flowers with a black mark at the base of each petal, widely grown as a garden perennial.
  • Papaver orientale, family Papaveraceae.
Example sentences
  • The oriental poppies we grow today are hybrids between two or three species from Turkey, the Caucasus and Iran.
  • The packet described this as a perennial oriental poppy, more compact than normal and suitable for a small garden.
  • They make good planting companions to the likes of climbing roses or border plants such as campanulas and oriental poppies.

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Syllabification: o·ri·en·tal pop·py

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