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lemon verbena

a plant, Aloysia triphylla, having long, slender leaves with a lemonlike fragrance.
Also called citronalis.
Origin of lemon verbena
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You were picking a spray of lemon verbena to take to church.

  • Its leaves are almost as fragrant as are those of our lemon verbena.

    Industrial Cuba Robert P. Porter
  • The green leaves when young are nearly as fragrant as the lemon verbena.

  • For the green have mint leaves, lemon verbena or geranium leaves or ferns.

    Suppers Paul Pierce
  • He let me buy geraniums and pansies and lemon verbena—I love that, don't you?

    Jewel's Story Book Clara Louise Burnham
  • The leaves of the plant emit a strong odor when rubbed, likened to that of the lemon verbena.

  • The plants when they are crushed give out a rather heavy smell of sage, with a dash of lemon verbena.

  • Lavender and rosemary, lemon verbena and musk, rose and carnation—I have them all.

  • The offering brought by Boche was a pot of pansies, and his wife's was mignonette; Mme Lerat's, a lemon verbena.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • “What a lovely old garden,” said Patty, sniffing at a sprig of lemon verbena which she had picked.

    Patty's Summer Days

    Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for lemon verbena

lemon verbena

a tropical American verbenaceous shrub, Lippia citriodora, with slender lemon-scented leaves yielding an oil used in perfumery
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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