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noun
Also called humble plant. a tropical American plant, Mimosa pudica, cultivated in greenhouses, having bipinnate leaves whose leaflets fold together when touched.
any of various other plants that are sensitive to touch.
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Origin of sensitive plant

First recorded in 1650–60
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sensitive plant

noun
a tropical American mimosa plant, Mimosa pudica, the leaflets and stems of which fold if touched
any similar plant, such as the leguminous plant Cassia nictitans of E North America
informal a person who is easily upset
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