American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various Mediterranean plants of the genus Reseda, including the mignonette, having densely flowered terminal racemes and divided petals.
- n. A grayish or dark green to yellow green or light olive.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of polypetalous plants, type of order Resedaceæ. It is characterized by cleft or dissected and unequal petals, by an urn-shaped receptacle dilated behind, bearing on one side the ten to forty stamens, and by a capsule three-lobed and open at the apex. There are about 30 species, or many more according to some authors, and all very variable. They are most abundant in the Mediterranean region, especially Spain and northern Africa, found also in Syria, Persia, and Arabia. They are erect or decumbent herbs, with entire or divided leaves, and racemed flowers. R. luteola is said to be diuretic and diaphoretic. See
mignonette, and, for R. lutea, base-rocket. For R. luteola, see dyer's-weed, weld, woad, yellow-weed, and ash of Jerusalem (under ash), also gaude.
- n. A grayish-green tint.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of plants, the type of which is mignonette.
- n. A grayish green color, like that of the flowers of mignonette.
- n. any plant of the genus Reseda
- From French réséda, from Latin resēda, said by Pliny to be from resēdāre ("to soothe"). (Wiktionary)
- New Latin Resēda, genus name, from Latin resēda, a kind of plant used to reduce tumors. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Yellow: champagne (19); lemon (22), and reseda (mignonette) (22);”
“The _reseda_, or mignonette, is planted from seed, as here in England.”
“He stands about two hands high, is of a reseda-green shade, except when in anger, and has no distinguishing marks except the absence of a piece of the right ear, which was carried off by a marauding Irish terrier.”
“It is a singular circumstance that in this country this fragrant production of nature is known by a French name, the translation of which is the "little darling," while in Paris it is only known by its Latin appellation, _reseda_, (herb, or dock cresses); but I believe I am correct in stating that its seeds were first conveyed into England from”
“Page: 33 over roof tops into plum-violet, heliotrope, with threads of reseda and cinnamon brown.”
“O Lord have mercy upon us!" ... and Doña Elena was at the same time contemplating a group of officers with helmets and reseda uniforms reinforced with leather pouches for the revolver, field glasses and maps, with sword-belt of the same material.”
“When I looked around our little church, where a literal Scriptural quorum of two or three was gathered together, my eye was gladdened by the sight of a charming new suit of reseda cloth with a heliotrope toque!”
“It is as bad as it was when I was choosing a gown for my first party; I lay awake nearly a whole night trying to decide between a reseda and a pink-violet.”
“I must tie her fair hair with a silver ribbon, and pin upon her curls a large hat of reseda green with a golden-brown ostrich feather drooping behind.”
“No, Mlle. Celie must wear her fine new evening frock of pale reseda-green chiffon over soft clinging satin, which set off her fair beauty so prettily.”
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