reseda

reseda

[ri-see-duh]
noun
1.
a grayish green.
adjective
2.
grayish green, like the flowers of the mignonette.

Origin:
1745–55 as name of plant genus including mignonette; 1870–75 for current senses; < Neo-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 (ˈrɛsɪdə)
 
n
1.  any plant of the European genus Reseda, including mignonette and dyer's rocket, which has small spikes of grey-green flowers
 
adj
2.  of a greyish-green colour; mignonette
 
[C18: from New Latin, from Latin: heal! from resēdāre to assuage, from re- + sēdāre to soothe; see sedate²]

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