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mignonette

[min-yuh-net] /ˌmɪn yəˈnɛt/
noun
1.
a plant, Reseda odorata, common in gardens, having racemes of small, fragrant, greenish-white flowers with prominent orange anthers.
2.
a grayish green resembling the color of a reseda plant.
Origin of mignonette
1690-1700
From French, dating back to 1690-1700; See origin at mignon, -ette
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Historical Examples
  • Her own room was on the shady side where pots of mignonette died within a week.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • From springtime until autumn the presbytery was redolent of mignonette.

    Balthasar Anatole France
  • Hyacinth (aside, Fellar talks as if the animal were a pot of mignonette).

    Frank Fairlegh Frank E. Smedley
  • She identified it with her pain, and years after the smell of mignonette was intolerable to her.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • This mignonette is the chief source of the perfume which fills my cell.

    The Basket of Flowers Christoph von Schmid
  • I put the pinks in my room and pinned on the mignonette because it matched my dress.

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Above all the fragrance came the unmistakable sweetness of mignonette.

  • mignonette it shall be if only you will write to inform me of everything in detail.

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Now it passed through the beds of violets, now through the mignonette.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • The demure Quaker is like the peculiar fragrance of the mignonette.

British Dictionary definitions for mignonette

mignonette

/ˌmɪnjəˈnɛt/
noun
1.
any of various mainly Mediterranean plants of the resedaceous genus Reseda, such as R. odorata (garden mignonette), that have spikes of small greenish-white flowers with prominent anthers
2.
a type of fine pillow lace
adjective
3.
  1. of a greyish-green colour; reseda
  2. (as modifier): mignonette ribbons
Word Origin
C18: from French, diminutive of mignon
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