lemongrass

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web This starter set of essential oils is a personal favorite of mine and includes six different scents: lemongrass, peppermint, orange, tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Tuesday," 6 Jan. 2021 In eastern Indonesia, after an earthquake and tsunami leveled part of a city, an elderly woman, suddenly homeless, offered up rice aromatic with turmeric and lemongrass cooked on an open fire. New York Times, "Conjuring Up the World Through the Sense of Taste," 2 Jan. 2021 Add the lemongrass, galangal and lime leaves and steep for 1 minute. Dallas News, "3 soothing chicken soup recipes: Tom Kha Gai, Thukpa and Sopa de Lima," 28 Dec. 2020 Distinctive flavors Our dinner began with a little warm-up — an amuse-bouche that was a tiny cup of herbaceous soup with flavors of curry and lemongrass. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: At Jeune et Jolie, the new and unexpected emerges," 29 Nov. 2020 The same thing goes for the mohinga wings, also $12, which are tossed in a wok and coated with the same lemongrass, ginger and tumeric flavors that can be found in Burma Superstar’s mohinga noodle dish, which usually features fish. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Burma Superstar's new Oakland restaurant has a surprise investor: DoorDash," 23 Oct. 2020 Guests flock to large family gatherings and office parties to savor the crispy skin and tender meat — roasted over charcoal and sometimes stuffed with spring onions and lemongrass. Washington Post, "Filipinos go the whole hog at Christmas. But coronavirus is crimping a yuletide tradition.," 21 Dec. 2020 In addition to the quinine and prickly pear, this ruby-red syrup contains citrus peel, lavender, lemongrass, allspice, cardamom and kaffir lime leaves. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio-made Bexar Tonics syrups give a puro San Antonio flair to cocktails," 15 Dec. 2020 In addition to the spicy pork version, Lohn makes lemongrass beef, pulled chicken, pulled trumpet mushroom and fried egg with pork floss num pang. Jenn Harris Senior Food Writer, Los Angeles Times, "What We’re Into: Obsessing over the spicy pork num pang from Gamboge," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of lemongrass

1801, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2021

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“Lemongrass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lemongrass. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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