Definition of Genus mimosa
1. Noun. Genus of spiny woody shrubs or trees; named for their apparent imitation of animal sensitivity to light and heat and movement.
Group relationships: Mimosoideae, Subfamily Mimosoideae
Member holonyms: Mimosa, Mimosa Sensitiva, Sensitive Plant, Action Plant, Humble Plant, Live-and-die, Mimosa Pudica, Sensitive Plant, Shame Plant, Touch-me-not
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Genus Mimosa
Literary usage of Genus mimosa
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Henderson's Handbook of Plants and General Horticulture by Peter Henderson (1904)
"Many species formerly included under the genus Mimosa are now removed to Acacia; the principal distinction between the genera being that Mimosa basa jointed ..."
2. Austral English: A Dictionary of Australasian Words, Phrases and Usages with by Edward Ellis Morris (1898)
"The genus Mimosa, under which the Australian trees called Wattles were originally classed, formerly included the Acacias. These now constitute a separate ..."
3. The Plant World by Plant World Association, Wild Flower Preservation Society (U.S.) (1901)
"The type" of the genus Mimosa appears to have been first mentioned in print by the old Spanish writer upon drugs, C. Acosta. His work, a most important one ..."
4. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"The genus mimosa was originally very large, but it has been so subdivided that now it includes only about 200 species, which are herbs, under-shrubs, ..."
5. The Treasury of Botany: A Popular Dictionary of the Vegetable Kingdom; with by John Lindley (1866)
"... from the allied genus Mimosa. The flowers, which are small, are collected In large numbers in globular heads, or in long spikes. ..."
6. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1877)
"The genus Mimosa is a very large one, forming, together with Acacia, the greater part of the sub-order Mi- ..."
7. Southey's Common-place Book by Robert Southey (1851)
"“There are several trees or shrubs of the genus Mimosa. One of these trees droops its branches whenever any person approaches it, seeming as if it saluted ..."