noun Etymology: from the bursting of the ripe pods and scattering of their seeds when touched Date: 1659 either of two North American impatiens growing in moist areas: as a. one (Impatiens capensis) typically having orange flowers spotted with reddish brown b. one (I. pallida) having typically yellow flowers sometimes spotted with reddish brown

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  • Touch me not — is a common name for two unrelated groups of plants:*Several species in the genus Impatiens (family Balsaminaceae) * Mimosa pudica (family Fabaceae)The biblical Latin phrase Noli me tangere which appears in John 20:17 is translated as Touch me… …   Wikipedia

  • Touch-me-not — (t[u^]ch m[ e]*n[o^]t ), n. (Bot.) (a) See {Impatiens}. (b) Squirting cucumber. See under {Cucumber}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • touch-me-not — [tuch′mē nät΄] n. JEWELWEED …   English World dictionary

  • touch-me-not — touch′ me not n. pln jewelweed • Etymology: 1590–1600 …   From formal English to slang

  • touch-me-not — dvižiedė sprigė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Spriginių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Impatiens capensis), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Impatiens capensis angl. jewelweed; lady s earrings; orange balsam; orange touch me not;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • touch-me-not — Impatiens Im*pa ti*ens ([i^]m*p[=a] sh[i^]*[e^]nz), prop. n. [L., impatient.] (Bot.) A genus of plants, several species of which have very beautiful flowers; so called because the elastic capsules burst when touched, and scatter the seeds with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • touch-me-not — balzamininė sprigė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Spriginių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Impatiens balsamina), paplitęs atogrąžų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Impatiens balsamina angl. garden balsam; immortal eagle flower; jumping …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • touch-me-not — 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)

  • touch-me-not — noun a) Any of several unrelated plants which react when touched b) The jewelweed, Impatiens capensis Syn: noli me tangere …   Wiktionary

  • touch-me-not — /tuch mee not /, n. any of several plants belonging to the genus Impatiens, of the balsam family, esp. I. noli tangere, bearing pods that, when ripe, burst on being touched, scattering the seeds. Cf. jewelweed. [1590 1600] * * * Either of two… …   Universalium

  • touch-me-not — /ˈtʌtʃ mi ˌnɒt/ (say tuch mee .not) noun any of various plants of the genus Impatiens, whose ripe seeds burst open when touched …   Australian English dictionary

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