- 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
Examples from the Web for mimosa
Armed with a breakfast burrito and sparkling Mimosa, we strongly disagree.Don’t Diss the Beauty of Brunch: Defending Our Favorite Meal
October 15, 2014
Acle (Mimosa acle) gives logs up to 32 feet by 28 inches square.The Philippine Islands
Does any sensitive species of Mimosa grow in your neighbourhood?More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II
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
Mark the scent of mimosa—she likes flowers, and likes them strong.Five Tales
- 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 lightSee also sensitive plant
- any similar or related tree
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.