noli me tangere

[ noh-lahy mee -tan-juh-ree, noh-lee; Latin noh-lee me -tahng-ge-re ]
/ ˈnoʊ laɪ mi ˈtæn dʒə ri, ˈnoʊ li; Latin ˈnoʊ li mɛ ˈtɑŋ gɛˌrɛ /

noun

a person or thing that must not be touched or interfered with.
a picture representing Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene after his resurrection.
Also no·li-me-tan·ge·re. the touch-me-not.

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Origin of noli me tangere

<Latin: do not touch me (Jesus' words to Mary Magdalene)
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British Dictionary definitions for noli me tangere

noli-me-tangere
/ (ˈnəʊlɪˌmeɪˈtæŋɡərɪ) /

noun

a warning against interfering or against touching a person or thing
a work of art depicting Christ appearing to Mary Magdalene after His Resurrection
another name for touch-me-not
a cancerous ulcer affecting soft tissue and bone

Word Origin for noli-me-tangere

from Latin: do not touch me, the words spoken by Christ to Mary Magdalene (Vulgate, John 20:17)
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