Definition of mimosa in English:

mimosa

noun

  • 1An Australian acacia tree with delicate fern-like leaves and yellow flowers.

    • ‘They feed mainly on leaves of acacia and mimosa, using their 450 mm extendable tongues and mobile lips to secure their food.’
    • ‘The gold lasted for barely a year but in the meantime numerous trees were planted in the area: wild acacia, teak, olive, tambotie, beech, ebony, seringa, mimosa and quince.’
    • ‘He's credited with the introduction to the West of eucalyptus, acacia, mimosa, and the genus named after him, Banksia, all well known species in Australia where his mark was firmly left.’
    • ‘Spring in Tuscany means clouds of golden mimosa and an instinct to head south over the Ponte Vecchio to see Italian renaissance landscaping at its best in the Boboli Gardens.’
  • 2A plant of a genus that includes the sensitive plant.

    • ‘I find it unsettling that Stalin used to toss breadballs at his wife during dinner, that he spoiled his children and that he loved growing mimosas.’
    • ‘Yesterday I added 4 Yellow Goat's Horn pepper seeds, my hop seeds and some mimosa pudica (sensitive plant) seed.’
    • ‘The main crops produced were roses, mimosas, carnations and chrysanthemums, as ornamental non-edible plants, and tomato, lettuce and basil, as edible ones.’
    • ‘That's what Cherry and her rangers use when they go out to eradicate feral ants, poison weeds like spiky mimosa, and do post-mortems on buffaloes to check for introduced diseases.’
  • 3North American A drink of champagne and orange juice.

    • ‘Just add green salsa, plus huge mugs of potent coffee or a $7 bottomless mimosa that is no better than most of its ilk.’
    • ‘No doubt, the champagne-laden mimosas will be flowing at Fox this morning.’
    • ‘And if you order this with a mimosa, I promise you that your day will start off nicely.’
    • ‘They also offer a brunch on sea days between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. with mimosas, champagne, and wines in addition to a ‘Fruits of the Sea’ buffet.’
    • ‘Never miss an episode, unless it's right after the Superbowl and I've been drinking mimosas since noon.’
    • ‘Although I managed to keep up the detox for three weeks, when I went to Los Angeles for a wedding, it became nearly impossible to turn down a mimosa.’
    • ‘For about 48 hours in July, Waikiki harbor is awash in mai tais, mimosas, Gatorade, and joy.’
    • ‘One day, I woke up, drank a mimosa, looked out the window and exclaimed, ‘God, I wished I lived next to Liv Tyler!’’
    • ‘Kids have crammed tables with action figures and board games, and fresh O.J. mimosas and Bloody Marys outnumber cups of coffee.’
    • ‘I filled two champagne flutes, his with a regular mimosa and mine with an odd concoction, and brought them out.’
    • ‘We adored his focaccia and extraordinarily perfumed mimosa and Marsala gelati, but his savoury dishes left us underwhelmed.’
    • ‘Oh, and make sure it's BYO, so you can put together some strong mimosas for half the price.’
    • ‘I will watch it late and give my impressions in time for your morning coffee (or mimosa…)’
    • ‘Shrugging, Chelsea takes another sip of her mimosa.’
    • ‘When the mimosa I had asked for arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by the delivery.’
    • ‘The only other drink choices were beer and mimosas so we opted for those instead.’
    • ‘Or maybe we could just invite the morons to brunch and screen Beaches over mimosas.’
    • ‘Pour your Aunt Judith a mimosa and confront her as to why she wouldn't let your cousin Jay hang out with you after you introduced him to the art of sneaking Uncle Harold's vodka.’
    • ‘This allowed Alex and I to still make it to Sunday brunch at 1 PM with hours to spare, because everyone knows what a cranky-pants I am until I have my third mimosa.’
    • ‘Some people I know drink that much in free champagne and mimosas.’

Origin

Modern Latin, apparently from Latin mimus mime (because the plant seemingly mimics the sensitivity of an animal) + the feminine suffix -osa.

Pronunciation:

mimosa

/mɪˈməʊzə/