any of numerous plants, shrubs, or trees belonging to the genus Mimosa, of the legume family, native to tropical or warm regions, having small flowers in globular heads or cylindrical spikes and often sensitive leaves.
any of various similar or related plants, especially of the genus Acacia, as the silver wattle, or Albizzia, as the silk tree.
a cocktail of orange juice and champagne, usually in equal parts.
1695-1705; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latinmīm(us) mime + -ōsa, feminine of -ōsus-ose1
genus of leguminous shrubs, 1731, coined in Mod.L. (1619) from L. mimus "mime" + -osa, adj. suffix (fem. of -osus); so called because some species (including the common Sensitive Plant) fold leaves when touched, seeming to mimic animal behavior. The alcoholic drink is so called from its yellowish color, which resembles that of the mimosa.