from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various mostly tropical plants of the genus Mimosa in the pea family, having globular heads of small flowers with protruding stamens and usually bipinnate, compound leaves often sensitive to touch or light.
  • noun Any of various similar plants of the genus Acacia in the pea family, especially silver wattle.
  • noun A drink consisting of champagne and orange juice.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as thiazol yellow.
  • noun A large genus of leguminous plants of the suborder Mimoseæ and the tribe Eumimoseæ, characterized by a legume with entire or jointed valves which break away from a narrow persistent placenta.
  • noun [lowercase] A plant of this genus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of leguminous plants, containing many species, and including the sensitive plants (Mimosa sensitiva, and Mimosa pudica).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany A plant belonging to the genus Mimosa usually found in tropical climates, their leaves are usually prickly and sensitive to touch or light, and have small white or pink flowers.
  • noun Silk tree or the pink siris.
  • noun Acacia.
  • noun A cocktail consisting of champagne and orange juice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of various tropical shrubs or trees of the genus Mimosa having usually yellow flowers and compound leaves
  • noun evergreen Australasian tree having white or silvery bark and young leaves and yellow flowers
  • noun a mixed drink containing champagne and orange juice


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

[New Latin Mīmōsa, genus name, from Latin mīmus, mime (from the plant's apparent mimicry of animal reactions), from Greek mīmos.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From New Latin mimosa, from Latin mimus ("mime")



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  • In Spanish, it means "affectionate" (feminine form). It's used to describe a dog who nuzzles or licks a lot, for example. The verb "mimar" means to pamper or spoil. But I think the drink is related to the Brazilian Portuguese word for a tangerine-like citrus fruit. Maybe I'm wrong. I'm no help. Had one too many mimosas tonight.

    February 27, 2009

  • sensitive to touch

    October 22, 2010

  • "One night, she managed to deceive the vicious vigilance of her family. In a nervous and slender-leaved mimosa grove at the back of their villa we found a perch on the ruins of a low stone wall."

    - Nabokov, Lolita

    March 1, 2011