EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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 luteola, is an annual plant growing in waste places.
reseda, or mignonette, is planted from seed, as here in England.
Eva threatens me with her parasol, and laughs, hiding her rosy face in a bouquet of
Bess looked beautifully charming in her well-fitted jacket and divided skirt of
Weld is the dried plant
Reseda luteola, a species of wild mignonette, formerly largely cultivated in Europe. British Dictionary definitions for reseda noun any plant of the European genus Reseda, including mignonette and dyer's rocket, which has small spikes of grey-green flowers adjective 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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