partridge peasen

partridge pea

a North American plant, Cassia fasciculata, of the legume family, having yellow flowers and feathery compound leaves that fold shut when touched.

1780–90, Americanism; probably so called because its fruit provides food for partridges Unabridged
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partridge pea

tropical American plant having leaflets somewhat sensitive to the touch; sometimes placed in genus Cassia 
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