Definitions of citronella

  1. 1. Collinsonia. 2. Andropogon nardus, a fragrant grass of Ceylon, from which is distilled a volatile oil used as a perfume and as a protection against insects.

Usage examples for citronella

  1. Remnants of tubes formerly containing sunburn ointment, half- filled bottles of citronella and white shoe- dressing. – Love Conquers All by Robert C. Benchley
  2. There is an essential oil produced from this pungent grass which is known in commerce as citronella, a delightful and universally favorite extract. – The Pearl of India by Maturin M. Ballou
  3. Oil of citronella is only of temporary use; paraffin and creosote are of little good. – In Mesopotamia by Martin Swayne
  4. Citronella oil mixed with water can also be used for spraying on the bags. – Free from School by Rahul Alvares
  5. Lemon- grass oil, which is known in commerce as citronella oil, is a delightful extract from the rank lemon grass, which covers most of' the hillsides in the more open districts of Ceylon. – Eight Years' Wandering in Ceylon by Samuel White Baker
  6. As I was bidding the Mahatma good night, he considerately handed me a bottle of citronella oil. – Autobiography of a YOGI by Paramhansa Yogananda
  7. Oil of citronella will drive them away for a time but a " smudge" may be necessary. – How Girls Can Help Their Country by Juliette Low Agnes Baden-Powell Robert Baden-Powell
  8. The process is very similar to that employed in the manufacture of citronella oil. – Eight Years' Wandering in Ceylon by Samuel White Baker