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  1. any of several plants belonging to the genus Impatiens, of the balsam family, especially I. noli-tangere, bearing pods that, when ripe, burst on being touched, scattering the seeds.
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Origin of touch-me-not

First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for touch-me-not

Historical Examples of touch-me-not

  • He does have rather a touch-me-not, speak-to-me-never manner.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett

  • Youre a sort of touch-me-not and Id make friends with any one.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Touch-me-not was a nick-name given her long ago by her friends.

  • I forgot you had grown up into a young woman; another word for touch-me-not—ha!

  • This may do for the touch-me-not, only child, but in American society it is never a strong plea.

British Dictionary definitions for touch-me-not


  1. any of several balsaminaceous plants of the genus Impatiens, esp I. noli-me-tangere, having yellow spurred flowers and seed pods that burst open at a touch when ripeAlso called: noli-me-tangere
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