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mignonette

[min-yuh-net] /ˌmɪn yəˈnɛt/
noun
1.
a plant, Reseda odorata, common in gardens, having racemes of small, fragrant, greenish-white flowers with prominent orange anthers.
2.
a grayish green resembling the color of a reseda plant.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < French; see mignon, -ette
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British Dictionary definitions for mignonette

mignonette

/ˌmɪnjəˈnɛt/
noun
1.
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
2.
a type of fine pillow lace
adjective
3.
  1. of a greyish-green colour; reseda
  2. (as modifier): mignonette ribbons
Word Origin
C18: from French, diminutive of mignon
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