citronella

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noun cit·ro·nel·la \ˌsi-trə-ˈne-lə\

Definition of citronella

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

Origin and Etymology of citronella

New Latin, from French citronnelle lemon balm, from citron


First Known Use: circa 1858


CITRONELLA Defined for English Language Learners

citronella

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noun cit·ro·nel·la \ˌsi-trə-ˈne-lə\

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


Medical Dictionary

citronella

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noun cit·ro·nel·la \ˌsi-trə-ˈnel-ə\

Medical Definition of citronella

  1. 1:  citronella oil

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


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