mignonette

[ min-yuh-net ]
/ ˌmɪn yəˈnɛt /

noun

a plant, Reseda odorata, common in gardens, having racemes of small, fragrant, greenish-white flowers with prominent orange anthers.
a grayish green resembling the color of a reseda plant.

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Origin of mignonette

From French, dating back to 1690–1700; see origin at mignon, -ette
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British Dictionary definitions for mignonette

mignonette
/ (ˌmɪnjəˈnɛt) /

noun

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
a type of fine pillow lace

adjective

  1. of a greyish-green colour; reseda
  2. (as modifier)mignonette ribbons

Word Origin for mignonette

C18: from French, diminutive of mignon
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