sensitive-plant

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:
1650–60

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sensitive plant
 
n
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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