Definition of reseda in English:

reseda

Line breaks: res¦eda
Pronunciation: /ˈrɛsɪdə
 
, rɪˈsiːdə
 
/

noun

  • A plant of the genus Reseda (family Resedaceae), especially (in gardening) a mignonette.
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    • 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.
    • 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.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Latin, interpreted in the sense 'assuage!', imperative of resedare, with reference to its supposed curative powers.

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