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sensitive plant

noun
1.
Also called humble plant. a tropical American plant, Mimosa pudica, cultivated in greenhouses, having bipinnate leaves whose leaflets fold together when touched.
2.
any of various other plants that are sensitive to touch.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60
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  • Ozone, for example, causes foliar injury and reduced growth in some sensitive plant species.
  • State funds are used to protect habitat areas that are home to sensitive plant and wildlife species.
  • The park does have rare and sensitive plant species.
  • Two sensitive plant species are found there in addition to a host of more common native plants.
British Dictionary definitions for sensitive plant

sensitive plant

noun
1.
a tropical American mimosa plant, Mimosa pudica, the leaflets and stems of which fold if touched
2.
any similar plant, such as the leguminous plant Cassia nictitans of E North America
3.
(informal) a person who is easily upset
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