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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
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/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.

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