mimosa[mi mō′sə, mī-; -zə]
- any of a large genus (Mimosa) of trees, shrubs, and herbs of the mimosa family, growing in warm regions and usually having bipinnate leaves, and heads or spikes of small, white, yellow, or pink flowers
- any of several similar trees of this family, including the albizia
- a drink made of champagne and orange juice
Origin of mimosaModern Latin ; from Classical Latin mimus: see mime: from the apparent mimicry of the sensitivity of animal life
designating a family (Mimosaceae, order Fabales) of dicotyledonous, leguminous trees and shrubs, including acacia and mesquite
- Any of various mostly tropical plants of the genus Mimosa in the pea family, having globular heads of small flowers with protruding stamens and usually bipinnate, compound leaves often sensitive to touch or light.
- Any of various similar plants of the genus Acacia in the pea family, especially silver wattle.
- See silk tree.
- A drink consisting of champagne and orange juice.
Origin of mimosaNew Latin Mīmōsa, genus name, from Latin mīmus, mime (from the plant's apparent mimicry of animal reactions), from Greek mīmos.
undisturbed leaf(left) and touched leaf with leaflets folding inward (right)
(plural mimosas or mimosae)
- The star Beta Crucis.