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

Examples of lemongrass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the hot water streams down, the shower steamers melt and release essential oils and scents of eucalyptus, lemongrass, vanilla and rosemary to provide a truly relaxing shower experience. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, 20 Apr. 2022 In Indonesia and Malaysia, jackfruit is sliced and cooked into stews along with coconut milk and tamarind as well as ingredients like lemongrass, turmeric, cardamom, ginger, and galangal. Bon Appétit, 8 Apr. 2022 The citrus—lemon, grapefruit, lemongrass, orange peel—goes creamy on the palate and joins juicy green melon and guava, all flowing with beautiful tension through a long finish that hits every note from spice to minerality. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2022 Luangrath’s beef curry involves braising the meat low and slow for almost four hours and chopping a jungle of enhancers — lemongrass, galangal, limes leaves and more — for the sauce based on coconut milk and gently sweetened with ground lychees. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 It’s made with 100 percent natural beeswax, coconut oil, and equal parts peppermint, lemongrass, rosemary, and citronella oils. Rachel Ng, Outside Online, 14 Aug. 2021 My thatched-roof villa at La Domaine de l'Orangeraie was surrounded by lemongrass and makrut lime trees. Marcia Desanctis, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2022 Keep your little ones defended against mosquitos with this baby-safe DEET-free formula, which uses a blend of bug-repelling ingredients and essential oils like citronella, peppermint, rosemary, lemongrass, and geranium. Lauren Oster, Health.com, 23 Apr. 2021 The serum boasts lactic acid to hydrate, exfoliate, smooth texture, and minimize fine lines, while prickly pear extract, licorice, and lemongrass help to brighten dark spots (like my acne scars and melasma) and soothe skin. Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lemongrass

1801, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

16 May 2022

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“Lemongrass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lemongrass. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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