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1vanilla

noun va·nil·la \və-ˈni-lə, -ˈne-\

: a dark substance that is made from the beans of a tropical plant and that is used to flavor food

Full Definition of VANILLA

1
a :  vanilla bean
b :  a commercially important extract of the vanilla bean that is used especially as a flavoring
2
:  any of a genus (Vanilla) of tropical American climbing epiphytic orchids

Examples of VANILLA

  1. The frosting is flavored with vanilla.

Origin of VANILLA

New Latin, from Spanish vainilla vanilla (plant and fruit), diminutive of vaina sheath, from Latin vagina sheath, vagina
First Known Use: 1662

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

2vanilla

adjective

: having the flavor of vanilla

: not having any special features or qualities

Full Definition of VANILLA

1
:  flavored with vanilla
2
:  lacking distinction :  plain, ordinary, conventional

Examples of VANILLA

  1. The décor is pretty vanilla.
  2. <a plain vanilla version of a song that's been recorded more times than necessary>

First Known Use of VANILLA

1846

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

vanilla

noun va·nil·la \və-ˈnil-ə, -ˈnel-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VANILLA

1
a :  vanilla bean b :  a commercially important extract of the vanilla bean that is prepared by soaking comminuted vanilla beans in water and ethyl alcohol and that is used especially as a flavoring (as in pharmaceutical preparations)
2
:  any of a genus (Vanilla) of tropical American climbing orchids

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