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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How to use sensitive plant in a sentence
In the immediate area, where temperatures stayed above freezing last night, you might want to take some effort to keep any sensitive plants safe yet again.PM Update: Another frosty night, and a chilly Thursday despite sunshine | Ian Livingston | November 3, 2021 | Washington Post
Increased human numbers can also turn up noise levels, which can disturb wildlife, and wayward trampling that can squash sensitive plants.National Parks are logging record crowds. Here’s how to visit safely. | Ula Chrobak | October 15, 2020 | Popular-Science
There is supposed to be a kind of flower, like a sensitive plant, that can be put to sleep by the playing of a very delicate tune.Kari the Elephant | Dhan Gopal Mukerji
At times he sprinkled his sensitive plant with some simple arithmetic; again he lectured on the earth, the moon, and the stars.John Ermine of the Yellowstone | Frederic Remington
My love is a sensitive plant and would shrink up at every look.'Chronicles of Dustypore | Henry Stewart Cunningham
I have steamed the other plants, and made the sensitive plant very sensitive, and shall soon try some experiments on it.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II | Charles Darwin
One of the most curious things in vegetation which strikes our English eyes is the extraordinary abundance of the sensitive plant.A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam' | Annie Allnut Brassey
British Dictionary definitions for sensitive plant
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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