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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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