lemon verbena

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noun

a plant, Aloysia triphylla, having long, slender leaves with a lemonlike fragrance.

Nearby words

  1. lemon shark,
  2. lemon sole,
  3. lemon squash,
  4. lemon squeezer,
  5. lemon stick,
  6. lemon vine,
  7. lemon yellow,
  8. lemon-grass oil,
  9. lemonade,
  10. lemonade berry

Origin of lemon verbena

First recorded in 1865–70

Also called citronalis.

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Examples from the Web for lemon verbena

  • It would be in Tonys captivating drawing-room, with its cushions and fire-screens, its scent of lemon-verbena and sandalwood.

    The Third Window|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • The fragrance of the lemon-verbena tree arose like steam from a haystack, and filled his chamber.

    Armorel of Lyonesse|Walter Besant
  • Frederic is apt to drop in a geranium leaf or a sprig of lemon-verbena, and those are nicer.

    A Little Country Girl|Susan Coolidge


British Dictionary definitions for lemon verbena

lemon verbena

noun

a tropical American verbenaceous shrub, Lippia citriodora, with slender lemon-scented leaves yielding an oil used in perfumery
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