noun \ˈtəch-mē-ˌnät\

Definition of touch–me–not

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

Origin and Etymology of touch–me–not

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

First Known Use: 1659

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