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Sensitive plant   /sˈɛnsətɪv plænt/   Listen
Sensitive plant

Prostrate or semi-erect subshrub of tropical America, and Australia; heavily armed with recurved thorns and having sensitive soft grey-green leaflets that fold and droop at night or when touched or cooled.  Synonyms: action plant, humble plant, live-and-die, Mimosa pudica, shame plant, touch-me-not.
Semi-climbing prickly evergreen shrub of tropical America having compound leaves sensitive to light and touch.  Synonym: Mimosa sensitiva.

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"Sensitive plant" Quotes from Famous Books

... poor, equal rights to all sects of Christians in matters of religion, and equal rights to all men in civil matters...; and (who) at the same time, is totally disqualified to be a demagogue—shrinks like a sensitive plant from public meetings; and cannot bear to be drawn from close retirement, except by what comes in the shape of real or fancied duty to his country."[1] Outside of the greater figures of the time, he was one of the first citizens of the Empire, and Bagot, as he thought of possible ...
— British Supremacy & Canadian Self-Government - 1839-1854 • J. L. Morison

... we know that the Bible is the word of God? Not simply scientifically, although the Bible is a scientific book; but not in this way any more than we could find life in the body by cutting it up with a knife. The Bible is like a sensitive plant; approach it in the wrong way and it will close its leaves and withhold its fragrance. Come to it reverently and there is no blessing that it ...
— And Judas Iscariot - Together with other evangelistic addresses • J. Wilbur Chapman

... earlier stages of civilisation, enshrined in legend or custom, often graceful enough, as if the delicate beauty of the object of worship had effectually taken hold on the fancy of the worshipper. Shelley's Sensitive Plant shows in what mists of poetical reverie such feeling may still float about a mind full of modern lights, the feeling we too have of a life in the green world, always ready to assert its claim over our sympathetic fancies. Who has not ...
— Greek Studies: A Series of Essays • Walter Horatio Pater

Words linked to "Sensitive plant" :   genus Mimosa, mimosa, humble plant

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