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citronella

Syllabification: cit·ron·el·la
Pronunciation: /ˌsitrəˈnelə
 
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Definition of citronella in English:

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.

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