[si-truh-nel-al, -uhl]
a colorless, slightly water-soluble liquid mixture of isometric aldehydes having the formula C 10 H 18 O, with a strong lemonlike odor, occurring in many essential oils, usually derived from lemon, citronella oil, and other oils: used chiefly as a flavoring agent and in the manufacture of perfume.

1890–95; citronell(a) + -al3 Unabridged
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citronellal (ˌsɪtrəˈnɛlæl)
Also called: rhodinal a colourless slightly water-soluble liquid with a lemon-like odour, a terpene aldehyde found esp in citronella and certain eucalyptus oils: used as a flavouring and in soaps and perfumes. Formula: (CH3)2C:CH(CH2)2CH(CH3)CH2CHO

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Its flavour comes from the terpenes citronellal, citronellol, citral, and geraniol.
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