sensitive plant
noun Date: 1659 any of several mimosas (especially Mimosa pudica) with leaves that fold or droop when touched; broadly a plant responding to touch with movement

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Sensitive plant — Sensitive Sen si*tive, a. [F. sensitif. See {Sense}.] 1. Having sense of feeling; possessing or exhibiting the capacity of receiving impressions from external objects; as, a sensitive soul. [1913 Webster] 2. Having quick and acute sensibility,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sensitive plant — n. a tropical American plant (Mimosa pudica) of the mimosa family, with a spiny stem, minute, purplish flowers in spherical clusters, and leaflets that fold and leafstalks that droop at the slightest touch …   English World dictionary

  • sensitive plant — 1. Also called humble plant. a tropical American plant, Mimosa pudica, cultivated in greenhouses, having bipinnate leaves whose leaflets fold together when touched. 2. any of various other plants that are sensitive to touch. [1650 60] * * *… …   Universalium

  • sensitive plant — jautrioji mimoza statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pupinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Mimosa pudica), kilęs iš Amerikos atogrąžų. atitikmenys: lot. Mimosa pudica angl. humble plant; mimosa; sensitive plant; sensitive plant;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • sensitive-plant — jautrioji mimoza statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pupinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Mimosa pudica), kilęs iš Amerikos atogrąžų. atitikmenys: lot. Mimosa pudica angl. humble plant; mimosa; sensitive plant; sensitive plant;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • sensitive plant — /ˈsɛnsətɪv plænt/ (say sensuhtiv plant) noun 1. a Northern Hemisphere plant, Mimosa pudica, with fern like sensitive leaves which fold together when touched. 2. any of various other plants sensitive to touch, as the giant sensitive plant …   Australian English dictionary

  • sensitive plant — noun 1. prostrate or semi erect subshrub of tropical America, and Australia; heavily armed with recurved thorns and having sensitive soft grey green leaflets that fold and droop at night or when touched or cooled • Syn: ↑touch me not, ↑shame… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sensitive plant — sen′sitive plant n. 1) pln a tropical American plant, Mimosa pudica, with bipinnate leaves whose leaflets fold together when touched 2) pln any of various other plants that are sensitive to touch …   From formal English to slang

  • sensitive plant — noun a tropical American plant of the pea family, whose leaflets fold together and leaves bend down when touched. [Mimosa pudica.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • Sensitive plant — Mimosa (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

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