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Meaning of sensitive plant

sen'sitive plant"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Also calleda tropical American plant, Mimosa pudica, cultivated in greenhouses, having bipinnate leaves whose leaflets fold together when touched.
  2. any of various other plants that are sensitive to touch.
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