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impatiens Syllabification: im·pa·tiens
Pronunciation: /imˈpāSHənz/

Definition of impatiens in English:


An East African plant with abundant red, pink, or white flowers. It is often grown as a houseplant, and its many hybrids are grown as bedding plants.
  • Genus Impatiens, family Balsaminaceae
Example sentences
  • Plant impatiens with begonias, coleus, ferns, fuchsias, hydrangeas, and lobelias.
  • Warm-season annuals such as marigolds, impatiens and zinnias are adapted to bloom even during the hottest weather.
  • Eat on the splendid terrace under the branches of plane, chestnut, maple, and acacia trees; the low stone walls are dressed with impatiens and hydrangeas (and the peonies were blooming in March).


Late 18th century: modern Latin, from Latin, literally 'impatient' (because the capsules of the plant readily burst open when touched).

Words that rhyme with impatiens

Homo sapiens • nolens volens • delirium tremens • Serpens

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