The type of something where the showy look is not matched by real worth.
References are also made to the story of the legendary Roman king Tarquin the Proud (see Tarquinius), who is said to have demonstrated how to deal with presumption or rebellion by silently striking off the heads of a row of poppies.
From the 19th century, the scarlet poppy has been seen as emblematic of those who have died in war. In the 20th century, the poppy as a symbol has been associated particularly with the dead of the two World Wars.
Poppy Day another name for Remembrance Sunday.
See also Flanders poppy, tall poppy syndrome.