Definition of Mimosa pudica

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.

Exact synonyms: Action Plant, Humble Plant, Live-and-die, Sensitive Plant, Shame Plant, Touch-me-not
Group relationships: Genus Mimosa
Generic synonyms: Mimosa

Medical Definition of Mimosa pudica

1. The sensitive plant whose leaflets fold inwards very rapidly when touched. A more vigorous stimulus causes the whole leaf to droop and the stimulus can be transmitted to neighbouring leaves. (12 Jan 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mimosa Pudica

Milvus migrans
Mimosa pudica
Mimosa sensitiva
Mimus polyglotktos
Min Min lights
Min Nan
Min dialect
Minamata Bay
Minamata disease
Minas Gerais
Minato Ohashi Bridge

Literary usage of Mimosa pudica

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1. Practical Plant Physiology: An Introduction to Original Research for by Wilhelm Detmer, S. A. (Samuel Albert) Moor (1898)
"Experiments with mimosa pudica and other Plants. The leaflets of mimosa pudica perform movements both as the result of shock or contact and in consequence ..."

2. Botanical Microtechnique: A Hand-book of Methods for the Preparation by A[lbrecht] Zimmermann (1893)
"from the Stimulus-conducting Tissue of mimosa pudica. 164. Haberlandt (I, 17) has observed that when the stem or petiole of mimosa pudica is cut, ..."

3. Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal, Exhibiting a View of the Progressive by Robert Jameson, Sir William Jardine, Henry D Rogers (1830)
"... Experiments on the mimosa pudica. By ROBERT SPITTAL, Esq. one of the Presidents of the Plinian Natural History Society. .As I have not observed any ..."

4. A Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and the Arts by William Nicholson (1810)
"Diagrams illustrating the Art of Aerial Navigation, hy Sir George Cay ley, Bart; 4. Leaf of the mimosa pudica, by Mr. Robert ..."

5. The Power of Movement in Plants by Charles Darwin, Francis Darwin (1900)
"... not developed on young plants, state of their pulvini—Cassia: complex movements of the leaflets—Bauhinia : leaves folded at night— mimosa pudica ..."

6. The Medico-chirurgical Review by James Johnson, Henry James Johnson (1829)
"experiments and observations made upon the impatiens Balsamina, Momordica Elate rium, mimosa pudica, and other plants, ..."

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