Definition of reseda in English:

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reseda

Pronunciation: /rəˈsēdə/

noun

1A plant of the genus Reseda (family Resedaceae), especially (in gardening) a mignonette.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2The pale green color of mignonette flowers.
Example sentences
  • The nave's steel framework - weighing in at 8,500 tonnes, compared to the Eiffel Tower’s 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.

adjective

Pale green.

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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Syllabification: re·se·da

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