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n. pl. impatiens
Any of various plants of the genus Impatiens, especially several species that are widely cultivated for their colorful flowers and attractive foliage. Also called balsam.
[Latin impatiēns, impatient (so called because the ripe pods burst open when touched); see impatient.]
n, pl -ens
(Plants) any balsaminaceous plant of the genus Impatiens, such as balsam, touch-me-not, busy Lizzie, and policeman's helmet
[C18: New Latin from Latin: impatient; from the fact that the ripe pods burst open when touched]
n., pl. -tiens.
any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Impatiens, of the balsam family, having irregular, spurred flowers.
[1880–85; < New Latin, Latin impatiēns not tolerating (see impatient); alluding to the plant's quick release of seeds upon slight contact]