prickly poppy

any tropical American poppy of the genus Argemone, esp. A. mexicana (Mexican poppy), having prickly pods and leaves and yellow or white, poppylike flowers.
[1715-25]

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plant
also called  argemony 

      any of approximately 30 species of the genus Argemone, North American and West Indian plants (one species endemic to Hawaii) belonging to the poppy family (Papaveraceae). Most are annuals or perennials with spiny leaves, prickly fruits, and white, yellow, or orange sap. The three sepals end in hornlike spines. Some species have become naturalized in arid regions of South America, Asia, and Africa. Prickly poppies are cultivated as garden ornamentals but frequently become troublesome weeds when growing wild. They were an important source of drugs in pre-Columbian Mexico. Parts of the 30- to 90-centimetre (1- to 3-foot), bristly-stemmed plants are still used by herbalists to treat a number of ailments.

      A. hispida, of the Rocky Mountains, is densely prickled. Common garden species grown as annuals in sunny places are A. grandiflora, with large, cup-shaped, white or yellow blooms; the crested, or thistle, poppy (A. platyceras), with 6- to 10-centimetre, white or yellow blooms; and the Mexican poppy (A. mexicana), with smaller yellow blooms and light green leaves with white vein markings.

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  • Prickly poppy — Poppy Pop py, n.; pl. {Poppies}. [OE. popy, AS. popig, L. papaver.] (Bot.) Any plant or species of the genus {Papaver}, herbs with showy polypetalous flowers and a milky juice. From one species ({Papaver somniferum}) opium is obtained, though all …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prickly poppy — ☆ prickly poppy n. any of a genus (Argemone) of plants of the poppy family, with prickly leaves and yellow juice …   English World dictionary

  • prickly-poppy — meksikinė argemona statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Aguoninių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas (Argemone mexicana), paplitęs Šiaurės ir Pietų Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Argemone mexicana angl. goatweed; yellow thistle; yellow thistle; Mexican… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • prickly poppy — argemona statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Aguoninių (Papaveraceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Argemone). atitikmenys: lot. Argemone angl. prickly poppy vok. Distelmohn; Stachelmohn rus. аргемоне lenk. argemone …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • prickly poppy — noun 1. any plant of the genus Argemone having large white or yellow flowers and prickly leaves and stems and pods; chiefly of tropical America • Syn: ↑argemone, ↑white thistle, ↑devil s fig • Hypernyms: ↑herb, ↑herbaceous plant • …   Useful english dictionary

  • prickly poppy — noun Date: 1724 any of a genus (Argemone) of plants of the poppy family with white or yellow flowers and prickly leaves and fruits …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • prickly poppy — prick′ly pop′py n. pln any plant of the genus Argemone, of the poppy family, having prickly pods and yellow or white flowers …   From formal English to slang

  • prickly poppy — /prɪkli ˈpɒpi/ (say priklee popee) noun 1. a tropical American herb, Argemone mexicana, having spiny leaves and yellow flowers, now naturalised in other warm parts of the world and believed to have medicinal properties. 2. a native poppy of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • prickly poppy — Argemone mexicana …   Medical dictionary

  • Prickly poppy — Argemone (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

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