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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [si-truh-nel-al, -uh l]
    • /ˌsɪ trəˈnɛl æl, -əl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [si-truh-nel-al, -uh l]
    • /ˌsɪ trəˈnɛl æl, -əl/

Definitions of citronellal word

  • noun citronellal 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 3
  • noun citronellal a colorless liquid, C10H18O, with a very strong lemon odor, found in lemons and eucalyptus oil, and used in perfumes and soaps 3
  • noun citronellal 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. 1
  • noun citronellal (organic chemistry) The monoterpenoid aldehyde 3,7-dimethyloct-6-en-1-al responsible for the aroma of citronella oil. 0

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Origin of citronellal

First appearance:

before 1890
One of the 20% newest English words
First recorded in 1890-95; citronell(a) + -al3

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citronellal popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 59% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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