Why was "tantrum" trending last week?

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. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for citronella oil
  • 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.
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.

Learn more about citronella oil with a free trial on
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for citronella oil

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for citronella

Scrabble Words With Friends