noun[mass noun] Chemistry
A fragrant oil present in lemongrass oil and used in perfumery.
- 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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