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mignonette

(mĭn'yənĕt`), common name for some members of the Resedaceae, a small family of herbs and a few shrubs inhabiting arid regions. The main genus, the mignonettes (genus Reseda), chiefly of the Mediterranean area, has several species naturalized to waste places of the United States, e.g., the dyer's-weed (R. luteola), which has been a source of a yellow dye since Neolithic times. A few species are cultivated for their fragrant flowers, e.g., the common mignonette (R. odorata), formerly highly valued in perfumery for its essential oils. The mignonette family is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Capparales (or Brassicales).

mignonette

of the former Saxony. [Flower Symbolism: Brewer Note-Book, 334]

mignonette

1. a type of fine pillow lace
2. of a greyish-green colour; reseda

mignonette

any of various mainly Mediterranean plants of the resedaceous genus Reseda, such as R. odorata (garden mignonette), that have spikes of small greenish-white flowers with prominent anthers
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Brian Simpson, historian of the case of the Mignonette, which sank in 1884, highlighting the practice of survival cannibalism, records widespread surprise at the decision to prosecute the wreck's survivors.
In 1884, the survivors in the dinghy of the Mignonette, which was to provide the test-case condemning the practice in English law, drank the blood before it congealed, then removed the internal organs which they ate immediately.
A continuing popular tradition concerning the Mignonette is that the survivors were prosecuted only because lots were not properly drawn.
So a more likely interpretation is that ballad printers were producing responses to current events (Figure 2)--and this probably included the production of ballad sheets to raise funds for those who had suffered as a consequence of the shipwreck, as Simpson describes in relation to the wreck of the Mignonette.
That's $12, and the ensemble arrives with two housemade mignonettes.
MIGNONETTE SAUCE: A French dipping sauce usually served cold with oysters on the half shell.