from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A colorless liquid, C10H20O, with a roselike odor, derived from any of several essential oils or made synthetically and used extensively in perfumery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A natural acyclic monoterpenoid, occurring in citronella oils and used in perfumes and insect repellents.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An alcohol, CH2 = C(CH3) (CH2)3CH(CH3)CH2CH2OH, found in its levogyrate form in rose-oil, pelargonium-oil, and geranium-oil. It is also formed by the reduction of citronellal. It boils at 117–118° C. under 17 millimeters.


citronell(a) + -ol1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Geranium is a very important and useful note in perfumery, but usually plays only a supporting role: its high contents of geraniol, citronellol both present at very high ratio in rose oil and absolute makes it a perfect rose extender.

    Rose Geranium Field

  • For example, citronellol, been shown to be an antioxidant while geraniol and eugenol have antibacterial properties.

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • The spices are the small dried fruit rinds, which are aromatic with lemony citronellal and citronellol.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • The oil contains geraniol and citronellol, both free, and combined with tiglic, valeric, butyric, and acetic acids; also l-menthone.

    The Handbook of Soap Manufacture

  • _ -- Several good and fairly cheap artificial rose oils are now obtainable, consisting chiefly of citronellol, geraniol, linalol, phenyl ethyl alcohol, and citral.

    The Handbook of Soap Manufacture

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