One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A 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 genus Reseda("mignonette", reseda) has been introduced into Panama and is cultivated in gardens in the Boquete region.’
- ‘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.’
2The pale green color of mignonette flowers.
- ‘The nave's steel framework - weighing in at 8,500 tonnes, compared to the Eiffel Towers 8,000 tonnes - was completely repaired and returned to its original colour, light reseda green.’
- ‘We are also, we are told, when wearing a reseda dress, to introduce yellow tulips into our costume.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin, interpreted in the sense ‘assuage!’, imperative of resedare, with reference to its supposed curative powers.
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