citronella

noun cit·ro·nel·la \ ˌsi-trə-ˈne-lə \

Definition of citronella

: a lemon-scented grass (Cymbopogon nardus) of southern Asia that yields an oil used in perfumery and as an insect repellent; also : its oil

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Origin and Etymology of citronella

New Latin, from French citronnelle lemon balm, from citron


CITRONELLA Defined for English Language Learners

citronella

Definition of citronella for English Language Learners

  • : an oil that smells somewhat like lemons and that is used in candles, lamps, etc., to keep bugs away


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citronella

noun cit·ro·nel·la \ ˌsi-trə-ˈnel-ə \

medical Definition of citronella

2 : a fragrant grass (Cymbopogon nardus) of southern Asia that yields citronella oil

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