reseda

[ri-see-duh]
adjective
  1. grayish green, like the flowers of the mignonette.

Origin of reseda

1745–55 as name of plant genus including mignonette; 1870–75 for current senses; < New Latin: genus name, Latin resēda (according to Pliny, literally, heal! (imperative of resēdāre to heal, assuage), referring to the plant's use in treating tumors)
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reseda

noun
  1. any plant of the European genus Reseda, including mignonette and dyer's rocket, which has small spikes of grey-green flowers
adjective
  1. of a greyish-green colour; mignonette

Word Origin for reseda

C18: from New Latin, from Latin: heal! from resēdāre to assuage, from re- + sēdāre to soothe; see sedate ²
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