One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of the genus Reseda (family Resedaceae ), especially (in gardening) a mignonette.
- ‘Reseda alba, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.’
- ‘The Latin name Reseda means "to calm or appease," and refers to the fact that the plant was employed by the Romans in treating bruises.’
- ‘The genus Reseda("mignonette", reseda) has been introduced into Panama and is cultivated in gardens in the Boquete region.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin, interpreted in the sense ‘assuage!’, imperative of resedare, with reference to its supposed curative powers.
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