- any of several lemon-scented grasses of the genus Cymbopogon, especially C. citratus, of tropical regions, yielding lemon-grass oil.
Origin of lemon grass
First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for lemon grass
The more open parts are covered with Andropogoneous grasses; the lemon-grass occurs below.
Lemon-grass, Bambusifolia, Cryptogramæ calamelanos, Adiantum flagelliformis.
- a perennial grass, Cymbopogon citratus, with a large flower spike: used in cooking and grown in tropical regions as the source of an aromatic oil (lemon grass oil)
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