Definition of touch-me-not in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtəCHmēnät/


A plant of the balsam family whose ripe seed capsules open explosively when touched, scattering seeds over some distance.
  • Genus Impatiens, family Balsaminaceae: several species, in particular the orange-flowered spotted touch-me-not (I. capensis).
Example sentences
  • The ceremony was held in blazing heat in a garden dotted with pink and purple touch-me-nots, orange chrysanthemums and miniature palm trees.
  • My daughter runs by the brief flowers: touch-me-nots among the stones, bluebells and sorrels, solomon's seal.
  • In summer, two kinds of jewelweeds, or touch-me-nots, bloom in the marshes, one with orange flowers and the other with pale yellow ones.

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Syllabification: touch-me-not

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