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: ModL from Classical Latin mimus: see mime: from the apparent mimicry of the sensitivity of animal life
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- Any of various mostly tropical herbs, shrubs, and trees of the genus Mimosa, having globular heads of small flowers with protruding stamens and usually bipinnate, compound leaves that are often sensitive to touch or light.
- See silk tree.
- A drink consisting of champagne and orange juice.
Origin: New Latin Mīmōsa, genus name, from Latin mīmus, mime (from the plant's apparent mimicry of animal reactions), from Greek mīmos.