AskDefine | Define mignonette

Dictionary Definition

mignonette n : Mediterranean woody annual widely cultivated for its dense terminal spikelike clusters greenish or yellowish white flowers having an intense spicy fragrance [syn: sweet reseda, Reseda odorata]

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English

Etymology

From the French mignon, dainty

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A plant (Reseda odorata) having greenish flowers with orange-colored stamens, and exhaling a delicious fragrance. In Africa it is a low shrub, but further north it is usually an annual herb.
  2. a grey-green colour, like that of the plant.
    mignonette colour:   

Scientific names

Translations

Adjective

  1. of a grey-green colour, like that of the plant.

Quotations

  • 1919, Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page 44
    She wore a dishabille of mignonette-green silk and bead-diapered head-dress that added several inches to her height [...].

See also

French

Noun

mignonette

Extensive Definition

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