noun Etymology: New Latin, from French citronnelle lemon balm, from citron Date: circa 1858 a lemon-scented grass (Cymbopogon nardus) of southern Asia that yields an oil used in perfumery and as an insect repellent; also its oil

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  • Citronella — is a word used for several things, including: Citronella (genus), a genus of trees and shrubs in the Cardiopteridaceae Citronella oil, an insect repelling essential oil derived from Cymbopogon several Cymbopogon (lemongrass) species Pelargonium… …   Wikipedia

  • Citronella — steht für die Pflanzenart Zitronengras (Cymbopogon citratus) die Pflanzengattung Citronella (Gattung) aus der Familie der Cardiopteridaceae Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer m …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • citronella — [si΄trə nel′ə] n. [ModL < citron: see CITRON] 1. a volatile, sharp smelling oil used in perfume, soap, insect repellents, etc.: also citronella oil 2. the S Asiatic grass (Cymbopogon nardus) from which this oil is derived …   English World dictionary

  • citronella — 1858, from Fr. citronelle lemon liquor, from citron (see CITRUS (Cf. citrus)). Originally an Asiatic grass used in perfumes, later applied to a substance found in lemon oil, etc …   Etymology dictionary

  • citronella — ► NOUN ▪ a fragrant natural oil obtained from a South Asian grass, used as an insect repellent and in perfume …   English terms dictionary

  • Citronella —   Citronella …   Wikipedia Español

  • citronella — Cymbopogon (Andropogon) nardus (family Gramineae); a fragrant grass of Ceylon, from which is distilled a volatile oil (c. oil) used as a perfume and insect repellent. * * * cit·ro·nel·la .si trə nel ə n 1) CITRONELLA OIL 2) a fragrant grass… …   Medical dictionary

  • citronella — kvapioji citrinžolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Miglinių šeimos prieskoninis, vaistinis augalas (Cymbopogon nardus), paplitęs atogrąžų Azijoje. Naudojamas maisto priedams (kvėpikliams) gaminti. atitikmenys: lot. Andropogon nardus;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • citronella — /si treuh nel euh/, n. 1. a fragrant grass, Cymbopogon nardus, of southern Asia, cultivated as the source of citronella oil. 2. See citronella oil. [1855 60; < NL < F citronelle, equiv. to citron CITRON + elle dim. suffix] * * * …   Universalium

  • citronella — cit•ron•el•la [[t]ˌsɪ trəˈnɛl ə[/t]] n. 1) pln a fragrant, S Asian grass, Cymbopogon nardus, cultivated as the source of citronella oil 2) chem. citronella oil • Etymology: 1855–60; < NL < F citronelle=citron citron+ elle dim. suffix …   From formal English to slang

  • citronella — Grass Grass, n. [OE. gras, gres, gers, AS, gr[ae]s, g[ae]rs; akin to OFries. gres, gers, OS., D., G., Icel., & Goth. gras, Dan. gr[ae]s, Sw. gr[aum]s, and prob. to E. green, grow. Cf. {Graze}.] 1. Popularly: Herbage; the plants which constitute… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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