One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fragrant oil present in lemongrass oil and used in perfumery.
An isomer of citral; chemical formula: C₁₀H₁₆O
- ‘Tucker says lemon balm is easy to grow from seeds and contains citronellal, geraniol and geranial.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The flavour of geranial is more intense than the flavour of neral, but both have a very similar lemon flavour.’
- ‘They describe it as having ‘a pleasant lemon-scented odour’, not unusual considering the oil was rich in the aldehydes citronellal, neral and geranial.’
Late 19th century: from German, contraction of Geraniumaldehyde.
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