1. Any of several Mediterranean plants of the genus Reseda, especially R. odorata, widely cultivated for its dense racemes of small fragrant greenish flowers.
2. A sauce of vinegar, pepper, and minced shallots, usually served with oysters.
[French, from feminine of mignonnet, dainty, pretty, from Old French, diminutive of mignon, lover, dainty.]
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