touch-me-not

noun
\ ˈtəch-mē-ˌnät How to pronounce touch-me-not (audio) \

Definition of touch-me-not

: either of two North American impatiens growing in moist areas: such as
a : one (Impatiens capensis) typically having orange flowers spotted with reddish brown
b : one (I. pallida) having typically yellow flowers sometimes spotted with reddish brown

First Known Use of touch-me-not

1659, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for touch-me-not

from the bursting of the ripe pods and scattering of their seeds when touched

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“Touch-me-not.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/touch-me-not. Accessed 6 Aug. 2021.

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