Touch me not

touch-me-not

[tuhch-mee-not]
noun
any of several plants belonging to the genus Impatiens, of the balsam family, especially I. noli-tangere, bearing pods that, when ripe, burst on being touched, scattering the seeds.
Compare jewelweed.


Origin:
1590–1600

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touch-me-not
 
n
Also called: noli-me-tangere any of several balsaminaceous plants of the genus Impatiens, esp I. noli-me-tangere, having yellow spurred flowers and seed pods that burst open at a touch when ripe

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