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[mi-moh-suh, -zuh] /mɪˈmoʊ sə, -zə/
any of numerous plants, shrubs, or trees belonging to the genus Mimosa, of the legume family, native to tropical or warm regions, having small flowers in globular heads or cylindrical spikes and often sensitive leaves.
any of various similar or related plants, especially of the genus Acacia, as the silver wattle, or Albizzia, as the silk tree.
a cocktail of orange juice and champagne, usually in equal parts.
Origin of mimosa
1695-1705; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin mīm(us) mime + -ōsa, feminine of -ōsus -ose1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Acle (mimosa acle) gives logs up to 32 feet by 28 inches square.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • Does any sensitive species of mimosa grow in your neighbourhood?

  • He took a short-cut through the mimosa woods, where the ground was uneven.

    Peter and Jane

    S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
  • I asked, and the next minute I recognized the odour of the mimosa blossoms.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
  • Mark the scent of mimosa—she likes flowers, and likes them strong.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • We were in a little grove of mimosa, and the doves were busy above our heads.

    The Relief of Mafeking

    Filson Young
  • Hobson turned aside and stooped to cut a branch from a mimosa bush.

    Six Months at the Cape R.M. Ballantyne
  • mimosa trees, prickly pears, and aloes remind me that I am not in England.

    Six Months at the Cape R.M. Ballantyne
  • Violets, poppies, the mimosa, and tuberoses are also here in abundance.

    Rambles on the Riviera Francis Miltoun
British Dictionary definitions for mimosa


/mɪˈməʊsə; -zə/
any tropical shrub or tree of the leguminous genus Mimosa, having ball-like clusters of yellow or pink flowers and compound leaves that are often sensitive to touch or light See also sensitive plant
any similar or related tree
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, probably from Latin mīmusmime, because the plant's sensitivity to touch imitates the similar reaction of animals
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Word Origin and History for mimosa

genus of leguminous shrubs, 1731, coined in Modern Latin (1619) from Latin mimus "mime" (see mime (n.)) + -osa, adjectival suffix (fem. of -osus). So called because some species (including the common Sensitive Plant) fold leaves when touched, seeming to mimic animal behavior. The alcoholic drink (by 1977) is so called from its yellowish color, which resembles that of the mimosa flower.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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