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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.

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

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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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.
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.
Then simply spread your chosen material with a trowel or spade around sensitive plants until you have a layer 5cm-7cm thick.
These sensitive plants are different from seaweed and form bright green leaves.
A mobile way to protect seedlings and sensitive plants, Greenhouse Buckets are clear, 5-gallon containers that shield individual vegetables from late frosts, low temperatures, wind, and insects.
In the first phase osmotic problems minimize cell extension, so that the plants have a so-called "stunted" growth and look dark-green in colour; in the second phase there is ion toxicity whereas the development of sensitive plants is severely inhibited--a theory that has been interpreted as a major breakthrough for the plant scientists working on salt resistance plant mechanisms (Schubert et al 2009).
And, as it lands on the surface of some sensitive plants, it can act as a mini magnifying glass - focusing the sun's rays to burn their leaves.
The hay could be used to feed horses that ride through the park, making them less likely to eat sensitive plants, the plan says.
Gardeners are warned to cover sensitive plants due to the chance of frosts.

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