Origin of citronella
Examples from the Web for citronella
Oil of citronella will drive them away for a time but a "smudge" may be necessary.How Girls Can Help Their Country
Sure we could wash the socks in some sort of preparation of citronella, couldn't we?Skippy Bedelle
Oil of citronella is much used and is less objectionable to some persons.
When nearly cool stir in three ounces of oil of citronella and 1¼ oz.
It looks like Mammy Susan has all the luck with citronella and I have luck with rose geranium.Back at School with the Tucker Twins
- Also called: citronella grass a tropical Asian grass, Cymbopogon (or Andropogon) nardus, with bluish-green lemon-scented leaves
- Also called: citronella oil the yellow aromatic oil obtained from this grass, used in insect repellents, soaps, perfumes, etc
Word Origin and History for citronella
1858 in reference to a type of fragrant grass, and especially to the oil it yields, from French citronelle "lemon liquor," from citron (see citrus). Originally an Asiatic grass used in perfumes, later applied to a substance found in lemon oil, etc.
- The pale-yellow, lemon-scented oil obtained from the leaves of a tropical Asian grass (Cymbopogon nardus), used in insect repellents and perfumes. Citronella consists primarily of an aldehyde of octane.