Definition of citronella in English:

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citronella

Pronunciation: /ˌsitrəˈnelə/

noun

1 (also citronella oil) A fragrant natural oil used as an insect repellent and in perfume and soap manufacture.
Example sentences
  • New machines designed to release sprays based on citronella oil or geraniol, another plant-derived repellent with a sweet, rosy odor, also are available.
  • Repellent candles or lamps, that burn citronella oil, are readily available from hardware stores and some supermarkets.
  • Most use citronella oil as a primary bug deterrent, but some contain long lists of ‘essential’ ingredients.
2The southern Asian grass from which the citronella oil is obtained.
  • Cymbopogon nardus, family Gramineae.
Example sentences
  • The citronella, or mosquito plant, is a scented geranium related to the common garden geranium.
  • Some herbs that repel fleas include: juniper, pennyroyal, citronella, eucalyptus, cedar and Canadian fleabane.
  • The research station has succeeded in making 400 lemon grass germ plasm collections, 21 pamarosa collections, 8 vetiver collections and 18 citronella collections.

Origin

Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from citron + the diminutive suffix -ella.

Words that rhyme with citronella

a cappella, Arabella, Bella, bestseller, Capella, cellar, Cinderella, Clarabella, corella, Daniela, Della, dispeller, dweller, Ella, expeller, favela, fella, fellah, feller, Fenella, Floella, foreteller, Heller, impeller, interstellar, Keller, Louella, Mandela, mortadella, mozzarella, Nigella, novella, paella, panatella, patella, predella, propeller, queller, quinella, repeller, rosella, rubella, salmonella, Santiago de Compostela, seller, smeller, speller, Stella, stellar, tarantella, teller, umbrella, Viyella

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Syllabification: cit·ron·el·la

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