citronella definition by Webster's New World
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- a volatile, sharp-smelling oil used in perfume, soap, insect repellents, etc.also citronella oil
- the S Asiatic grass (Cymbopogon nardus) from which this oil is derived
Origin: Modern Latin ; from citron: see citron
citronella definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- A tropical Asian grass (Cymbopogon nardus) having bluish-green, lemon-scented leaves and an essential oil.
- A pale yellow to brownish aromatic oil obtained from this plant, used chiefly in perfumery and also in some insect repellents and commercial flavorings.
Origin: New Latin, from French citronnelle, lemon oil, diminutive of citron, citron; see citron.
citronella - Science Definition
The pale-yellow, lemon-scented oil obtained from the leaves of a tropical Asian grass (Cymbopogon nardus), used in insect repellents and perfumes. Citronella consists primarily of an aldehyde of octane.