One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An amino acid, C₅H₄O₂N·CH₂CH(NH₂)COOH, found in the tropical tree Leucaena leucocephala and in the sensitive plant Mimosa pudica (both of the family Mimosaceae (Leguminosae)).
1930s; earliest use found in British Chemical Abstracts. From German Mimosin from Mimosa + -in.
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