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A type of carnation of which the flowers have a light ground and dark-edged petals.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Begonias with petals that are edged in lighter or darker colors are called picotee.’
- ‘Flowers are crimson, sky blue, violet, and deep purple accented with a white pinwheel and picotee pattern.’
- ‘Lord Bute is a large-flowered or regal pelargonium, and the flowers are black, with a narrow picotee edge of brilliant carmine red.’
Early 18th century: from French picoté(e) marked with points, past participle of picoter to prick.
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