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  1. a variety of carnation, tulip, etc., having an outer margin of another color.
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Origin of picotee

1720–30; < French picoté marked, pricked, past participle of picoter to mark with tiny points, derivative of picot picot; see -ee
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Historical Examples

  • Prince Picotee kicked the headless captain about the floor thoughtfully.

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    Evelyn Sharp

  • She came then and stood by Picotee, and looked musingly out of the window.

  • Picotee was heard on the stairs: Ethelberta covered her face.

  • It was agreed that for the present, at any rate, Picotee should remain.

  • Picotee came into the room, but Ethelberta took no notice whatever of her.

British Dictionary definitions for picotee


  1. a type of carnation having pale petals edged with a darker colour, usually red
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  1. like a picotee; with darker edges
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Word Origin

C18: from French picoté marked with points, from picot
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