One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An Australian acacia tree with delicate fernlike leaves and yellow flowers.
Acacia dealbata, family Leguminosae
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
2A plant of a genus that includes the sensitive plant.
Genus Mimosa, family Leguminosae
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Yesterday I added 4 Yellow Goat's Horn pepper seeds, my hop seeds and some mimosa pudica (sensitive plant) seed.’
3North American A drink of champagne and orange juice.
- ‘And if you order this with a mimosa, I promise you that your day will start off nicely.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Just add green salsa, plus huge mugs of potent coffee or a $7 bottomless mimosa that is no better than most of its ilk.’
- ‘Some people I know drink that much in free champagne and mimosas.’
- ‘Shrugging, Chelsea takes another sip of her mimosa.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We adored his focaccia and extraordinarily perfumed mimosa and Marsala gelati, but his savoury dishes left us underwhelmed.’
- ‘For about 48 hours in July, Waikiki harbor is awash in mai tais, mimosas, Gatorade, and joy.’
- ‘Oh, and make sure it's BYO, so you can put together some strong mimosas for half the price.’
- ‘When the mimosa I had asked for arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by the delivery.’
- ‘Or maybe we could just invite the morons to brunch and screen Beaches over mimosas.’
- ‘I will watch it late and give my impressions in time for your morning coffee (or mimosa…)’
- ‘One day, I woke up, drank a mimosa, looked out the window and exclaimed, ‘God, I wished I lived next to Liv Tyler!’’
- ‘I filled two champagne flutes, his with a regular mimosa and mine with an odd concoction, and brought them out.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Kids have crammed tables with action figures and board games, and fresh O.J. mimosas and Bloody Marys outnumber cups of coffee.’
- ‘The only other drink choices were beer and mimosas so we opted for those instead.’
- ‘No doubt, the champagne-laden mimosas will be flowing at Fox this morning.’
- ‘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.’
4Another name for the silk tree.
- ‘Keep watching the trumpet vines that grow so luxuriously all over the Cape as well as pink-flowering mimosas, another favorite of hummingbirds.’
- ‘On opening the first layer I was confronted with what I now know to be mimosa, little flower balls that are really soft and make you want to touch them forever.’
- ‘The flower of the mimosa tree is also used to relieve constrained Liver qi, and calm the spirit when the associated symptoms of insomnia, poor memory, irritability, epigastric pain, and feelings of pressure in the chest are present.’
- ‘He is fingering a dark pink mimosa bloom, which he's pulled from the low branches of the tree sloping over the corner of our yard.’
- ‘The shrubs' flowers, in tufts like a mimosa's but the color of cream, bloomed over blunt oval leaves.’
- ‘Also, will seeds from pods of the mimosa tree grow?’
- ‘German scientists assert that mimosa tree bark is part of the heavily-guarded Coca Cola recipe (a concoction that has been making people happy for decades!).’
- ‘Yes, you can sow the seeds from the mimosa pods, but nick the hard coats or drop them in boiling water before sowing to encourage germination.’
Modern Latin, apparently from Latin mimus ‘mime’ (because the plant seemingly mimics the sensitivity of an animal) + the feminine suffix -osa.
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