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
Recent Examples of citronella from the Web
Keep glow sticks, citronella candles and tiki torches out of pet's reach.
Instead, be sure to place a lantern with a citronella candle on every table.
However, citronella candles, bracelets and sound-wave devices had no effect on mosquitoes.
Her DIY flea and tick repellant recipe uses five to 10 drops each of high-quality cedarwood, lavender and citronella essential oils to eight ounces of water in a glass spray bottle.
Mosquito bite prevention, both in spray form and citronella candles.
At Meat Market, a steakhouse on Lincoln Road, a teeming pedestrian mall, citronella candles quickly appeared under a row of outdoor tables on Friday moments after the news broke.
Alternatives like the citronella spray didn’t work as well and tend to be oily.
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Origin and Etymology of citronella
New Latin, from French citronnelle lemon balm, from citron
First Known Use: circa 1858See Words from the same year
CITRONELLA Defined for English Language Learners
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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