impatiens

[im-pey-shuhnz]
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:
1880–85; < Neo-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

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

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Throughout the year the landscape features thyme, impatiens, roses and lilacs.
The impatiens and begonia are breathing their last around the trunks of side-street trees.
No one is really sure how this impatiens even made the list of plants to be gathered on that trip.
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