Definition of geraniol in English:


Line breaks: ge¦ra|niol
Pronunciation: /dʒɪˈreɪnɪɒl


[mass noun] Chemistry
  • A fragrant liquid present in some floral oils and used in perfumery.
    • A terpenoid alcohol; chemical formula: C10H18O
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    • An example that Blackmond often uses is the asymmetric hydrogenation of the allylic alcohols geraniol and its isomers (g geraniol and nerol).
    • Tucker says lemon balm is easy to grow from seeds and contains citronellal, geraniol and geranial.
    • She tells us that the principal constituents of lavender are alcohols such as borneol, geraniol and linalool; esters such as geranyle and linalyl; and terpents such as pinene and limonene.


late 19th century: from German, from geranium + -ol.

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