lem·​on·​grass | \ ˈle-mən-ˌgras How to pronounce lemongrass (audio) \

Definition of lemongrass

: a grass (Cymbopogon citratus) of robust habit native to southern India and Ceylon that is grown in tropical regions for its lemon-scented foliage used as a seasoning and that is the source of an aromatic essential oil also : its foliage

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The drinks reflect the Asian elements of the menu, and the cocktails are likely to feature notes of ginger or lemongrass. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Restaurants in New Orleans," 28 Feb. 2018 Daikon, lemongrass and Chinese cabbage for kimchi are grown nearby, whereas rice is sourced directly from an organic cooperative in northeast Thailand. Tarajia Morrell, WSJ, "A New Paradigm of Asian Cuisine Comes to Copenhagen," 28 Nov. 2018 They're made with top-shelf spirits and exotic ingredients—burnt Manhattan marshmallow, lemongrass and pear ice, edible butterfly—and served in creative vessels. Ari Bendersky, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Rooftop Bars in Chicago," 27 Feb. 2018 This shampoo is 100 percent plant-derived, infused with lemongrass and green tea to create volume by removing excess oils from the hair. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Dermstore’s Massive Labor Day Beauty Sale Has Already Started — Here’s What to Shop," 28 Aug. 2018 There’s the cardboard and the ice packs, and then all the plastic bags, each holding just a few sprigs of lemongrass or thyme. Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "Purple Carrot digs in on ecological packaging," 11 June 2018 Although sage bundles are the most familiar tools for smudging (with these rituals rooted in some indigenous cultures in the U.S.), any herb with associated healing properties—like bay leaf, lavender, or lemongrass—will do the trick. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 The dish, a specialty of Indonesia’s southern islands, is usually the centerpiece at big feasts: whole suckling pig stuffed with lemongrass and turmeric, trussed up, and slow cooked over coals until its crackling skin turns the color of caramel. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "Restaurant Review: Kasih Has Bold Indonesian Flavors With a High-Gloss Finish," 22 May 2018 For example, a Margarita elixir could contain orange and lime oils, sugar and other ingredients such as lemongrass or vanilla. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bittercube, moving to the west side, will gain a bar, store and bigger production area," 27 June 2018

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1801, in the meaning defined above

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