Definitions

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

  • n. A fragrant, pale yellow liquid alcohol, C9H17COH, derived chiefly from the oils of geranium and citronella and used in cosmetics and flavorings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A monoterpenoid alcohol found in the essential oils of rose, palmarosa and citronella

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A terpene alcohol (C10H18O) which constitutes the principal part of the oil of palmarosa and the oil of rose. Chemically it is 3,7-Dimethyl-2,6-octadien-1-ol. It has a sweet rose odor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A colorless liquid, (CH3)2.C:CH.CH2.CH2C (CH3):CH.CH2OH, with an odor of roses.

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • The transgenic tomato includes a gene from a variety of lemon basil, Ocimum basilicum, that produces an aroma-making enzyme called geraniol synthase, Efraim Lewinsohn of Newe Yaar Research Center and colleagues report.

    Lemon, Rose-Flavored ”Frankenfood” Tomato Developed | Impact Lab

  • I look for products that contain lemongrass oil and geraniol, these work quite well without that skincrawling feeling I get from Deet.

    How Bad is DEET?

  • Besides its popular applications for digestive distress, ginger has been found to contain geraniol, which may be a potent cancer fighter.

    Maria Rodale: The 3 Best Spices for a Longer Life

  • 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

  • Also the rose alcohol geraniol, citronellal, etc. which are what gives geranium its rosy characteristics can be played softly, depending on the context, and avoiding the potpourri impression that is so easily to fall into when working with geranium.

    Geranium, Soft and Pink

  • Lemon verbena has a lemony characteristics (citral makes about 30-35% of the composition of its essential oil) but also floral and rosy due to the presence of nerol (neroli-like) and geraniol (rosy).

    Archive 2009-06-01

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

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • The $9.99 indoor insecticide spray contains active ingredients thyme oil and “geraniol,” a substance found in geranium, rose, lemon and other plants.

    Death by Mint Oil: Natural Pesticides

  • I haven't tried to smell them and see if they emit a rosy odour, but I'm guessing I'm allergic to geraniol when consumed in such large amounts.

    Perfume(ing) Bubble Gum & Too-Sweet Sour Plum

  • For the linalool and geraniol you can think also of palmarossa oil and for a "spicy" linalool coriander is very good.

    Fougère, Coumarin and the Bittersweetness of Green

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