Definitions for: Vanilla

[n] a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans
[n] a flavoring prepared from vanilla beans macerated in alcohol (or imitating vanilla beans)
[n] any of numerous climbing plants of the genus Vanilla having fleshy leaves and clusters of large waxy highly fragrant white or green or topaz flowers

Webster (1913) Definition: Va*nil"la, n. [NL., fr. Sp. vainilla, dim. of Sp.
vaina a sheath, a pod, L. vagina; because its grains, or
seeds, are contained in little pods.]
1. (Bot.) A genus of climbing orchidaceous plants, natives of
tropical America.

2. The long podlike capsules of Vanilla planifolia, and {V.
claviculata}, remarkable for their delicate and agreeable
odor, for the volatile, odoriferous oil extracted from
them; also, the flavoring extract made from the capsules,
extensively used in confectionery, perfumery, etc.

Note: As a medicine, vanilla is supposed to possess powers
analogous to valerian, while, at the same time, it is
far more grateful.

Cuban vanilla, a sweet-scented West Indian composite shrub
(Eupatorium Dalea).

Vanilla bean, the long capsule of the vanilla plant.

Vanilla grass. Same as Holy grass, under Holy.

Synonyms: vanilla extract

See Also: flavor, flavorer, flavoring, flavour, flavourer, flavouring, genus Vanilla, orchid, orchidaceous plant, relish, sapidity, savor, savour, seasoner, seasoning, smack, tang, vanilla bean, vanilla orchid, Vanilla planifolia

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