lemongrass

noun

lem·​on·​grass ˈle-mən-ˌgras How to pronounce lemongrass (audio)
: 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 Mexican chiles, Southeast Asian lemongrass and Middle Eastern black lime are ingredients that also speak to some of our favorite cuisines across L.A. L.a. Times Food Staff, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 The double-decker tower bears a scallop crudo with lemongrass and octopus in a red-bean-curd dressing. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 17 Dec. 2023 The seafood is sublime, and so is its sauce, lit with lemongrass. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2023 For someone wanting cold-weather comfort food, one night there was a potato pizza topped with blue cheese and rosemary; for a more traditional dish, there were options like baked salmon with lemongrass and herbs. Samantha Falewée, Travel + Leisure, 26 Nov. 2023 Flavors of star fruit, pineapple, kumquat and lemongrass — and well, Juicy Fruit gum? — make a recipe for fun. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2023 Seared scallops and enoki mushrooms grace a gorgeously creamy Tom Kha chowder, a December special, derived from a paste of galangal, lime leaves, and lemongrass slow-cooked with coconut milk. Shauna Lyon, The New Yorker, 15 Dec. 2023 Pork shoulder is infused with fresh ginger, soy sauce, lemongrass, and garlic to really wake up those tastebuds. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Dec. 2023 This quick and easy lemongrass thumbprint cookie’s tropical flavors really bring me there. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lemongrass was in 1801

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“Lemongrass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lemongrass. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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