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NOUN:
  1. A tropical Asian grass (Cymbopogon nardus) having bluish-green, lemon-scented leaves and an essential oil.
  2. A pale yellow to brownish aromatic oil obtained from this plant, used chiefly in perfumery and also in some insect repellents and commercial flavorings.

ETYMOLOGY:
New Latin, from French citronnelle, lemon oil, diminutive of citron, citron ; see citron


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