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[im-pey-shuh nz] /ɪmˈpeɪ ʃənz/
noun, plural impatiens.
any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Impatiens, of the balsam family, having irregular flowers in which the calyx and corolla are not clearly distinguishable and bearing fruit that bursts open to scatter the seeds.
Origin of impatiens
1880-85; < New Latin, Latin impatiēns not enduring, not tolerating (see impatient); alluding to the plant's quick release of seeds upon slight contact; compare the familiar name touch-me-not Unabridged
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  • Throughout the year the landscape features thyme, impatiens, roses and lilacs.
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  • No one is really sure how this impatiens even made the list of plants to be gathered on that trip.
British Dictionary definitions for impatiens


noun (pl) -ens
any balsaminaceous plant of the genus Impatiens, such as balsam, touch-me-not, busy Lizzie, and policeman's helmet
Word Origin
C18: New Latin from Latin: impatient; from the fact that the ripe pods burst open when touched
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