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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A mobile pale-yellow liquid, C10H16O, derived from lemongrass oil and used in perfume and as a flavoring. Naturally derived citral consists of two geometric isomers, geranial and neral.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A colorless liquid aldehyde of strong lemon odor, the flavor-giving constituent of oil of lemon, of which it forms from 5 to 8 per cent.: also present in oil of limes, mandarin, orange, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Either of a pair of terpenoids, geranial and neral, that have the molecular formula C10H16O and are used in perfumery and flavourings.

Etymologies

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

[citr(us) + –al.]

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