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Poppy-head

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Poppy-head a carved ornament in wood, often finishing the end of a pew
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. popig—L. papaver, poppy.

Usage

In literature:

Poppy's hat on the grand piano, tumbling head over heels among a litter of coffee cups.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
With poppies that hang from her head to her feet.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
His temples, last, with poppies were o'erspread, That, nodding, seem'd to consecrate his head.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various
Her robe is thin and airy, and on her head is a garland of wheat-ears and poppies.
"Forgotten Tales of Long Ago" by E. V. Lucas
Steep two pounds and a quarter of poppy heads in a gallon of water, and let it infuse twenty-four hours.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
But Poppy and Sally shook their heads at this, and would not agree with him.
"Poppy's Presents" by Mrs O. F. Walton
POPPY-HEAD An ornament boldly carved on the tops of bench ends, etc.
"Our Homeland Churches and How to Study Them" by Sidney Heath
Some of the sittings have very old rudely-carved poppy heads of oak.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
Aloft in rows large poppy-heads were strung, And near, a scaly alligator hung.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
The crimson poppies crown her head and droop to her waist.
"The Master's Violin" by Myrtle Reed
Then she began to form a wreath of poppies and to place it on her head.
"Seldwyla Folks" by Gottfried Keller
Potatoes here are not larger than poppy-heads.
"Lachesis Lapponica" by Carl von Linné
At this time a sweet, sad cadence of words streamed into Poppy's head and began to form a little song.
"Poppy" by Cynthia Stockley
Tie also up some scraps of meat, and, if you have it, a few poppy-heads for the tits.
"In Touch with Nature" by Gordon Stables
Tie also up some scraps of meat, and, if you have it, a few poppy-heads for the tits.
"In Touch with Nature" by Gordon Stables
White poppy heads, 1 ounce.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd
He wore a crown of poppies on his head, and held a goblet full of poppy juice in his languid hand.
"Myths of Greece and Rome" by H. A. Guerber
Because Ovid couples the Violet with the Poppy and the Lily as flowers which, when broken off, hang their heads to the ground.
"A Year in a Lancashire Garden" by Henry Arthur Bright
She turned suddenly and bent down to him over the poppy-head of the balustrade.
"Regiment of Women" by Clemence Dane
Poppy's head was on Vivian's shoulder.
"Affinities and Other Stories" by Mary Roberts Rinehard
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In poetry:

A bowl of straw to deck the head,
Like porringer unmeaning ;
A bunch of POPPIES flaming red,
With motly ribands streaming.
"Female Fashions for 1799" by Mary Darby Robinson
And while the old, old dragon
For joy lifts up his head,
They bring thee forth a flagon
Of nectar foaming red,
And underneath the drowsy trees
Of poppies strew thy bed.
"Hesperus" by C S Lewis
Leaning against a wormy poppy-head,
So wan and worn that he could scarcely stand,
—For he was soon to die,—he softly said,
"Tell me you love me!"—holding hard her hand.
"Her Dilemma" by Thomas Hardy
OH, Sleep! kind god, approach thy gentle wand,
And strew thy poppies round my aching head,
Lay on my lids thy soft, all-conq'ring hand,
And pour thy brightest visions round my head.
"Invocation To Sleep" by Charlotte Dacre
The gay day is ablaze… But old and empty stands
This garden, long ago lost of the feasts and pleasure,
And poppies,weathered, like old women’s heads,
Are warmly overspread by heaven chalice, azure.
"Poppies" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky
The Rock-a-By Lady from Hushaby street
Comes stealing; comes creeping;
The poppies they hang from her head to her feet,
And each hath a dream that is tiny and fleet -
She bringeth her poppies to you, my sweet,
When she findeth you sleeping!
"The Rock-A-By Lady" by Eugene Field