citronella oil

noun
a light-yellowish pungent oil, distilled from citronella, used in the manufacture of liniment, perfume, and soap, and as an insect repellent.
Also called citronella.


Origin:
1880–85

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citronella oil

member of a class of naturally occurring organic substances called terpenes. Citronella oil is obtained from the leaves of the oil grasses Cymbopogon nardus and C. winterianus. The oil has a wide range of uses, from medicines to perfumes for soaps. Two derivatives of citronella oil include the alcohol citronellol and the aldehyde citronellal.

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Example sentences
The presence of citronella oil results in the candles' use as an insect repellant.
Citronella oil or candles outdoors may provide some relief.
Rub citronella oil on exposed skin areas, or burn citronella candles.
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