American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tropical Asian grass (Cymbopogon nardus) having bluish-green, lemon-scented leaves and an essential oil.
- n. A pale yellow to brownish aromatic oil obtained from this plant, used chiefly in perfumery and also in some insect repellents and commercial flavorings.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fragrant grass, Andropogon Nardus, extensively cultivated in Ceylon and Singapore for an oil (citronella-oil) which is obtained from it. The oil is esteemed in India as a remedy for rheumatism, and is used in Europe and America by soap-makers and perfumers.
- From French citronnelle. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin, from French citronnelle, lemon oil, diminutive of citron, citron; see citron. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Lemongrass aka citronella is a natural deterent for mosquitoes.”
“I've used Q-Tips soaked in citronella oil used in lamps.”
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“Mary Spaeth, owner of Paws in the Country dog boarding and day care near Rice, said homemade repellants might also work: Ticks can't stand essential oils such as citronella, eucalyptus and peppermint.”
“(mulberry root), "citronella," Eng., possesses the same therapeutic properties as the former.”
“It was weighed down at the edges with a citronella candle and a margarita.”
“Devices such as candles and torches that use citronella oil were found to not work as well, Rangan says.”
“I'm not too fond of slathering DEET all over me and citronella just does not do the trick.”
“Last autumn he visited the emergency room after accidentally clipping his finger in a hedge trimmer, which seemed quite dire relative to the wheezing infant of freaked-out first-time parents, an elderly woman who gargled citronella torch fuel she mistook for mouthwash, and a teenager too stoned to notice or mind that his right foot pointed back instead of front, the result of a Jackass copycat stunt gone bad.”
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