any of a genus (Impatiens) of plants of the balsam family, with spurred flowers and pods that burst and scatter their seeds when ripe
Origin of impatiensModern Latin ; from Classical Latin (see impatient): so named because the seedpods burst at the slightest touch
Any of various plants of the genus Impatiens, especially several species that are widely cultivated for their colorful flowers and attractive foliage. Also called balsam.
Origin of impatiensLatin impatiēns, impatient (so called because the ripe pods burst open when touched); see impatient.
- Any of various ornamental plants of the genus Impatiens