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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Balsaminaceae — many species of flowering plants, among then Busy Lizzie.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A genus of plants, several species of which have very beautiful flowers; -- so called because the elastic capsules burst when touched, and scatter the seeds with considerable force. Called also touch-me-not, jewelweed, and snapweed. Impatiens Balsamina (sometimes called lady's slipper) is the common garden balsam.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of annual plants of the natural order Geraniaceæ and tribe Balsamineæ, having curious irregular flowers, in which the calyx and corolla are colored alike and are not clearly distinguishable.

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