Definition of Sensitive plant
1. Noun. 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.
Group relationships: Genus Mimosa
Generic synonyms: Mimosa
2. Noun. Semi-climbing prickly evergreen shrub of tropical America having compound leaves sensitive to light and touch.
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sensitive Plant
Literary usage of Sensitive plant
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1. Southern Literary Messenger (1838)
"This same sense appears to be possessed, to an almost equal extent, by the sensitive plant (Mimosa sensitiva.) If you touch the oyster, it gives evidence of ..."
2. Outlines of Botany for the High School Laboratory and Classroom by Robert Greenleaf Leavitt, Charles Herbert Clark, Mrs. Sophia M'Ilvaine (Bledsoe) Herrick, Asa Gray (1885)
"The most remarkable plant of all that I examined was a mimosa-tree, or sensitive plant, as it is often called (Fig. 35). This tree, however, grows full ..."
3. Cyclopaedia of English Literature: A Selection of the Choicest Productions by Robert Chambers, Robert Carruthers (1849)
"A sensitive plant in a garden grew, And the young wind« fed it with silver dew ... As the companionless sensitive plant. The snow-drop, and then the violet, ..."
4. Botanical Gazette by University of Chicago, JSTOR (Organization) (1902)
"... to deny the individual character of each household in a city. — CONWAY MACMILLAN, University of Minnesota. THE sensitive plant AS A WEED IN THE TROPICS. ..."
5. Cyclopaedia of English Literature: A Selection of the Choicest Productions by Robert Chambers (1847)
"But the sensitive plant, which could give email frail Of the love which it felt from the leaf to the rout, Received more than all, it loved more than ..."