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citronella oil

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.
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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