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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Impatiens, which includes the jewelweed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various ornamental plants of the genus Impatiens

Etymologies

Latin impatiēns, impatient (so called because the ripe pods burst open when touched); see impatient.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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  • (n): any of a widely distributed genus (Impatiens of the family Balsaminaceae) of annual or perennial herbs with irregular spurred or saccate flowers and forcefully dehiscent capsules

    January 24, 2008