Definition of geranial in English:

geranial

noun

mass nounChemistry
  • A fragrant oil present in lemongrass oil and used in perfumery.

    • ‘Tucker says lemon balm is easy to grow from seeds and contains citronellal, geraniol and geranial.’
    • ‘The scope sought in the flavor industry is to selectively obtain the key citrus flavor compounds i.e., the oxygenated compounds such as neral, geranial, and decanal.’
    • ‘They describe it as having ‘a pleasant lemon-scented odour’, not unusual considering the oil was rich in the aldehydes citronellal, neral and geranial.’
    • ‘The flavour of geranial is more intense than the flavour of neral, but both have a very similar lemon flavour.’
    • ‘Terpenoids, such as neral or geranial, may be found in abundance in oil sacs located in the outer, colored or flavedo portion of the rinds of many common citrus fruits.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from German, contraction of Geraniumaldehyde.

Pronunciation

geranial

/dʒɪˈreɪnɪəl/