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mi·mo·sa / məˈmōsə; mī-; -zə/ • n. 1. an Australian acacia tree (Acacia dealbata) with delicate fernlike leaves and yellow flowers that are used by florists. 2. a pea-family plant of a genus (Mimosa) that includes the sensitive plant. 3. a drink of champagne and orange juice.

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Mimosa (family Leguminosae, subfamily Mimosoideae) A genus mainly of herbs and shrubs, in which the stipules are sometimes thorn-like. The leaves are multipinnate. M. pudica (the sensitive plant) has leaflets that droop on shaking. M. invisa is a noxious weed. There are about 400 species, occurring in the tropics, mainly in America.

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mimosa sensitive plant, Mimosa pudica, and its allies. XVIII. — modL. mīmōsa, app. f. L. mīmus MIME + -ōsa, fem. of -ōsus -OSE1, and so named from its imitation of animal sensitiveness.

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mimosa Genus of plants, shrubs and small trees native to tropical North and South America. They have showy, feather-like leaves and heads or spikes of white, pink or yellow flowers. Family Mimosaceae.

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mimosa American name for a mixture of sparkling wine and orange juice, known in the UK as buck's fizz.