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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Purée chopped chile, ginger, lemongrass, garlic, fish sauce, brown sugar, and 3 cups water in a blender until smooth. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "The Greenest Coconut Curry with Clams and Rice Noodles," 19 Mar. 2018 One more way to loosen up blockages is by steaming with anti-inflammatory essential oils such as lemongrass, eucalyptus, rosemary, and oregano. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 All-Natural Strategies for Fighting the Cold and Flu This Winter," 8 Jan. 2019 Monoram serves everything from simple lemongrass chicken to a variation on the classic Cambodian noodle soup kuyteav, spiked with pig blood jelly. Rico Gagliano, WSJ, "3 Quick Escapes From Los Angeles," 1 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of lemongrass

1801, in the meaning defined above

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