touch-me-not


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touch-me-not

(tŭch′mē-nŏt′)

touch-me-not

n
(Plants) 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. Also called: noli-me-tangere

jew•el•weed

(ˈdʒu əlˌwid)

n.
any of several plants belonging to the genus Impatiens, of the balsam family, having yellow spurred flowers and a seedpod that bursts to the touch when ripe.
[1810–20, Amer.]
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Noun1.touch-me-not - North American annual plant with usually yellow or orange flowerstouch-me-not - North American annual plant with usually yellow or orange flowers; grows chiefly on wet rather acid soil
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Impatiens - annual or perennial herbs with stems more or less succulent; cosmopolitan except for South America, Australia, and New Zealand
2.touch-me-not - Mediterranean vine having oblong fruit that when ripe expels its seeds and juice violently when touchedtouch-me-not - Mediterranean vine having oblong fruit that when ripe expels its seeds and juice violently when touched
gourd vine, gourd - any vine of the family Cucurbitaceae that bears fruits with hard rinds
Ecballium, genus Ecballium - exploding cucumber; squirting cucumber
3.touch-me-not - prostrate or semi-erect subshrub of tropical America, and Australiatouch-me-not - prostrate or semi-erect subshrub of tropical America, and Australia; heavily armed with recurved thorns and having sensitive soft grey-green leaflets that fold and droop at night or when touched or cooled
genus Mimosa - genus of spiny woody shrubs or trees; named for their apparent imitation of animal sensitivity to light and heat and movement
mimosa - any of various tropical shrubs or trees of the genus Mimosa having usually yellow flowers and compound leaves