Definition of picotee in English:



  • A type of carnation of which the flowers have a light ground and dark-edged petals.

    • ‘Begonias with petals that are edged in lighter or darker colors are called picotee.’
    • ‘Tuberous Begonias provide a spectacular display from June through October and are available in shades of white, pink, red, yellow, orange, and salmon as well as bi-colors and picotee, flowers with darker edging around all the petals.’
    • ‘Lord Bute is a large-flowered or regal pelargonium, and the flowers are black, with a narrow picotee edge of brilliant carmine red.’
    • ‘Flowers are crimson, sky blue, violet, and deep purple accented with a white pinwheel and picotee pattern.’
    • ‘In between there are varieties ranging from picotee (with petals edged in white), double-flowered, non-stop blooming, and the pendant type, so popular in hanging baskets.’


Early 18th century: from French picoté(e) ‘marked with points’, past participle of picoter ‘to prick’.