touch-me-not

noun

: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1659, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of touch-me-not was in 1659

Dictionary Entries Near touch-me-not

Cite this Entry

“Touch-me-not.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/touch-me-not. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

touch-me-not

noun
ˈtəch-mē-ˌnät
: either of two North American impatiens that grow in moist areas
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ