mignonette

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Etymology[edit]

A botanical illustration of the mignonette (Reseda odorata; sense 1)[1]

From French mignonnette, from mignon (dainty) + -ette (diminutive suffix).

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  • IPA(key): /ˌmɪnjəˈnɛt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛt
  • Hyphenation: mig‧non‧ette

Noun[edit]

mignonette (plural mignonettes)

  1. A plant, Reseda odorata, having greyish-green flowers with orange-coloured stamens, and exhaling a delicious fragrance. In Africa it is a low shrub, but further north it is usually an annual herb. [from early 18th c.]
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 2, page 2:
      After amusing herself for a brief time with picking to pieces some mignonette which filled a box on the window-sill, Marie threw the flowers from her, and exclaimed,—"And here we are seated together, as we used to talk away half the night in Italy. Good Heavens! how we are altered!"
  2. A mignonette tree (Lawsonia inermis), source of the dye henna.
  3. A mignonette vine
  4. A greyish-green colour, like that of the flowers of the plant.
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mignonette (comparative more mignonette, superlative most mignonette)

  1. Of a greyish-green colour, like that of the flowers of the plant.
    • 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 [].

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  1. ^ Edward Step; cultural drections edited by William Watson (1896) Favourite Flowers of Garden and Greenhouse, London; New York, N.Y.: Frederick Warne & Co., OCLC 3212995, plate 31 (facing page 67).

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mi.ɲɔ.nɛt/
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mignonette f (plural mignonettes)

  1. Alternative form of mignonnette

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