Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.
  • n. See silk tree.
  • n. A drink consisting of champagne and orange juice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plant belonging to the genus Mimosa usually found in tropical climates, their leaves are usually prickly and sensitive to touch or light, and have small white or pink flowers.
  • n. Silk tree or the pink siris.
  • n. Acacia.
  • n. A cocktail consisting of champagne and orange juice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of leguminous plants, containing many species, and including the sensitive plants (Mimosa sensitiva, and Mimosa pudica).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large genus of leguminous plants of the suborder Mimoseæ and the tribe Eumimoseæ, characterized by a legume with entire or jointed valves which break away from a narrow persistent placenta.
  • n. [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
  • n. Same as thiazol yellow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various tropical shrubs or trees of the genus Mimosa having usually yellow flowers and compound leaves
  • n. evergreen Australasian tree having white or silvery bark and young leaves and yellow flowers
  • n. a mixed drink containing champagne and orange juice

Etymologies

New Latin Mīmōsa, genus name, from Latin mīmus, mime (from the plant's apparent mimicry of animal reactions), from Greek mīmos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin mimosa, from Latin mimus ("mime") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Wait a minute ... a mimosa is a morning drink, right?

    I've Always Said That I Eat Like A Hired Farm Hand

  • The Mimosa tree pictured and described here, or what they call mimosa in the southeastern US is not the same mimosa that people are familiar with in Europe and the Middle East.

    A Bouquet of Mimosa Blossoms

  • We're drunk at noon, thanks to a great little concoction called a mimosa that, though not strong enough to suit a thirty-fifth birthday, is served with brunch at Edward's on King Avenue.

    A Glimpse

  • Since we're talking bubbly, and a morning wedding, a mimosa is another option.

    Mary Orlin: What to Drink While You Watch the Royal Wedding

  • "Presently, while hunting for insects in short mimosa tangle up to the knee, I disturbed a strange-looking animal, about the size of a sheep, brownish colour, long tail, short legs, feline in aspect and movement, but quite strange to me.

    Adventures in Many Lands

  • I am considering calling the mimosa perfume Acacia.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • Species such as A. dealbata, known as mimosa by florists, A. albida and A. tortilis, are valued as ornamentals while A. farnesiana and A. dealbata are used in the production of base oils for perfumes.

    Chapter 2

  • Because of its prickles the Boers call the mimosa the "wait-a-bit" thorn, but there was no thought of waiting a bit among the 12th Lancers at the Berea, when they charged the savage Basutos and captured their chief Moshesh.

    Camps, Quarters, and Casual Places

  • The mimosa is a perennial that's part tree / part shrub that's hardy in zones 6-9.

    Our One Heart

  • Upon closer inspection I discovered that what Pantone embraces as a mimosa is not a true mimosa, which is a legume, like beans, but rather the namesake of their vaunted yellow is a branch of the temperate and thorny Acacia family tree, specifically, Acacia dealbata, an import to America from Australia and Asia.

    Vail Daily - Top Stories

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  • "One night, she managed to deceive the vicious vigilance of her family. In a nervous and slender-leaved mimosa grove at the back of their villa we found a perch on the ruins of a low stone wall."
    - Nabokov, Lolita

    March 1, 2011

  • sensitive to touch

    October 22, 2010

  • In Spanish, it means "affectionate" (feminine form). It's used to describe a dog who nuzzles or licks a lot, for example. The verb "mimar" means to pamper or spoil. But I think the drink is related to the Brazilian Portuguese word for a tangerine-like citrus fruit. Maybe I'm wrong. I'm no help. Had one too many mimosas tonight.

    February 27, 2009