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 Oil of citronella, which is derived from several species of lemongrass plants, has long been known and used as a natural insect repellent. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Kinds of Citronella Candles and How to Use Them," 3 Dec. 2019 PEI Mussels with coconut milk, chili, lemongrass and fish sauce. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "What we know about Poppy, the new restaurant at the Cambria Hotel in downtown Phoenix," 13 Nov. 2019 In addition to pho, the spot near Hamline University also has rice platters, pho ga chicken soup, Vietnamese sandwiches, vermicelli salads and specialties such as spicy lemongrass noodle soup. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Say hello to University Avenue’s newest restaurants," 26 Sep. 2019 Toledo famously designed the dress-and coat-ensemble, of lemongrass wool lace, that Michelle Obama wore on Inauguration Day in 2009. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, "Remembering Isabel Toledo, a Designer with Few Peers," 4 Sep. 2019 Finish with a chocolate chip blondie, passion fruit panna cotta, chocolate brownie or bruleed lemongrass cheesecake. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "8 picks for great meal deals during Fort Lauderdale restaurant months," 31 July 2019 There are sides that also serve 8-10 people and cost $32 each, such as Brussels sprouts, lemongrass roasted carrot, brown rice and quinoa, mashed potatoes, challah stuffing, broccoli rabe and jicama slaw. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Looking for a Christmas Eve and/or Day restaurant? Look no further.," 3 Dec. 2019 At Ling & Louie’s from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., a special dinner ($18) features lemongrass-crusted turkey, wok vegetables, cornbread stuffing, lingonberry sauce and gingerbread cake with pumpkin gelato. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Here are 38 restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner and brunch in metro Phoenix," 15 Nov. 2019 The serum claims to clarify and smooth the skin using lactic acid, brighten the appearance of dark spots with licorice and lemongrass extracts, and soothe redness with prickly pear extract. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "20 amazing gifts for beauty, makeup, and skincare lovers," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of lemongrass

1801, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2020

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“Lemongrass.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lemongrass. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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