im·​pa·​tiens | \ im-ˈpā-shənz How to pronounce impatiens (audio) , -shən(t)s \

Definition of impatiens

: any of a widely distributed genus (Impatiens of the family Balsaminaceae) of annual or perennial herbs with irregular spurred or saccate flowers and forcefully dehiscent capsules — compare touch-me-not

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Recent Examples on the Web Geraniums, petunias, New Guinea impatiens and mixed baskets are among the varieties expected to be available. Courant Community, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 8 May 2018 Then pick some of the shorter growing but colorful plants including angelonia, begonias, crossandra, impatiens, marigolds, pentas, salvia, torenia and zinnias for the summer months. Tom Maccubbin,, "How to make your own summer cutting garden," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of impatiens

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for impatiens

New Latin, from Latin, impatient

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“Impatiens.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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