Definition of lemongrass in US English:


(also lemon grass)


  • A fragrant tropical grass which yields an oil that smells of lemon. It is widely used in Asian cooking and in perfumery and medicine.

    Cymbopogon citratus, family Gramineae

    • ‘Add reduced chicken stock and lemongrass; simmer for 15 minutes.’
    • ‘By the time you leave the city dried chilli, coriander and lemongrass have become as familiar to you as salt.’
    • ‘Food includes New York-style grilled sirloin and mash or the more eastern-themed steamed clams with lemongrass, while murals of Radio City Music Hall and the Rainbow Room will make Manhattan-ites feel at home.’
    • ‘Effective non-chemical remedies include the essential oils from plants such as lemongrass, eucalyptus, cypress, lavender, rosemary and thyme.’
    • ‘Thai bouillabaisse is equally lush and vibrant with cilantro and lemongrass.’
    • ‘He could hardly taste the lemongrass, so dominant was the chilli.’
    • ‘Remove any tough outer leaves from the lemongrass then slice the tender insides into wafer thin rings.’
    • ‘Add the white parts of the spring onions, the garlic, ginger and lemongrass and stir-fry for two to three minutes.’
    • ‘Laura keeps her pot of lemongrass in a sunny window.’
    • ‘Cut the sweet potato, parsnip and broccoli into bite-sized chunks and add to the curry with the shallots and lemongrass.’