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sensitive plant

n.
1. A shrubby plant (Mimosa pudica) in the pea family, native to tropical America, having mauve flower heads and bipinnately compound leaves with leaflets that fold and droop when touched. Also called touch-me-not.
2. Any of various similar plants, such as Chamaecrista nictitans.
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sensitive plant

n
1. (Plants) a tropical American mimosa plant, Mimosa pudica, the leaflets and stems of which fold if touched
2. (Plants) 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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sen′sitive plant`


n.
1. a tropical American plant, Mimosapudica, with bipinnate leaves whose leaflets fold together when touched.
2. any of various other plants that are sensitive to touch.
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Noun1.sensitive plant - prostrate or semi-erect subshrub of tropical America, and Australiasensitive plant - 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
2.sensitive plant - semi-climbing prickly evergreen shrub of tropical America having compound leaves sensitive to light and touchsensitive plant - semi-climbing prickly evergreen shrub of tropical America having compound leaves sensitive to light and touch
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
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His heart was like a sensitive plant, that opens for a moment in the sunshine, but curls up and shrinks into itself at the slightest touch of the finger, or the lightest breath of wind.
Of the 'Ode to the West Wind,' a succession of surging emotions and visions of beauty swept, as if by the wind itself, through the vast spaces of the world, Swinburne exclaims: 'It is beyond and outside and above all criticism, all praise, and all thanksgiving.' The 'Lines Written among the Euganean Hills,' 'The Indian Serenade,' 'The Sensitive Plant' (a brief narrative), and not a few others are also of the highest quality.
Here's just what I was wishing for last night come about, and I'm spoiling it all," and in another five minutes has swallowed the last mouthful of his bile, and is repaid by seeing his little sensitive plant expand again and sun itself in his smiles.
But if my hand approached these living flowers, these animated, sensitive plants, the whole colony took alarm.
He was not one of your sensitive plants. He smiled pleasantly upon her, looking very dapper in evening dress and a silk hat that, though a size too small for him, shone like a mirror.
In a post-rain advisory, the director said that cotton was a sensitive plant and farmers should not keep rainwater standing in their fields for more than 24 hours.
The mimosa variously became a bawdy metaphor for male and female genitalia (James Perry's "Mimosa: or, The Sensitive Plant" of 1779, a poem that contained explicit botanical phallic imagery and was dedicated to botanist Joseph Banks); a symbol of humanized sensitivity (William Cowper's "The Poet, The Oyster, and Sensitive Plant" of 1782); and a means to explore sentiency in nature and human feeling (Percy Bysshe Shelley's "The Sensitive Plant" of 1820).
1 Wisteria 2 Peonies 3 Calla Lily 4 Daffodil 5 Snowdrops 6 Delphinium 7 Sensitive plant 8 Foxglove 9 Roses 10 Hydrangea 11 Sunflowers 12 Clematis 13 Snail vine 14 Lavender 15 Pansy 16 Poppies 17 Bat flower 18 Chrysanthemum 19 Daisies 20 Tulips 21 Orchids 22 Bluebells 23 Angel's trumpet 24 Carnations 25 Forget-me-nots 26 Poinsettia 27 Freesia 28 Gladioli 29 Chinese lanterns 30 Lupins
I remember the expression the children wore when their seeds from their Eden Project summer trip sprouted in our Bahrain garden into the fascinating Sensitive Plant, a plant that can move -- its leaves fold up when touched.
It is thus reasonable to believe that the primary mechanism by which salt affects sensitive plant functioning is through disturbance of the PM composition and properties.
Let me share this thought for the day, which is an excerpt from "The Sensitive Plant," by Percy Bysshe Shelley:
A historically important and environmentally sensitive plant, osha has been one of the most neglected in terms of research without any known monograph.

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