Definition of geranial in English:

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Pronunciation: /jəˈrānēəl/


A fragrant oil present in lemongrass oil and used in perfumery.
  • an isomer of citral; chemical formula: C10H16O
Example sentences
  • Tucker says lemon balm is easy to grow from seeds and contains citronellal, geraniol and geranial.
  • The flavour of geranial is more intense than the flavour of neral, but both have a very similar lemon flavour.
  • They describe it as having ‘a pleasant lemon-scented odour’, not unusual considering the oil was rich in the aldehydes citronellal, neral and geranial.


Late 19th century: from German, contraction of Geraniumaldehyde.

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