Definition of mimosa noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//mɪˈməʊzə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊ//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈməʊsə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊ//
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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] a tropical bush or tree with balls of yellow flowers and leaves that are sensitive to touch and light See related entries: Plants
  2. 2(North American English) (British English Buck’s Fizz) [countable] an alcoholic drink made by mixing sparkling white wine (= with bubbles) with orange juice See related entries: Plants
  3. Word Originmodern Latin, apparently from Latin mimus ‘mime’ (because the plant seemingly mimics the sensitivity of an animal) + the feminine suffix -osa.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mimosa

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