tonka bean

noun
ton·ka bean | \ˈtäŋ-kə- \

Definition of tonka bean 

: the coumarin-containing seed of any of several tropical American leguminous trees (genus Dipteryx, especially D. odorata) that is used in perfumes and as an artificial vanilla flavoring also : a tree bearing tonka beans

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Paris-Venise is made with geranium, amber, vanilla, and tonka bean. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Chanel’s New Perfumes Are Inspired by Travel," 10 May 2018 There’s also spiciness and warmth at the base, with tonka bean, cardamom, suede, cedar, and sandalwood. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "The Prettiest Blush Perfume," 23 May 2018 The perfume is a woody blend of patchouli, amber, tonka bean, vanilla from Madagascar, and citrus that feels rebellious yet sophisticated. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Keira Knightley Is a ‘Sassy Seductress’ in Chanel’s New Perfume Ad," 26 Feb. 2018 Layers of amber, patchouli, and tonka bean blend to create a woody aroma that is masculine with a touch of sweetness. Vanity Fair, Vanities, "Men’s Fragrances Fit for any Season," 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of tonka bean

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tonka bean

Dutch tonka(-boon) & Portuguese (fava-)tonca, perhaps of Cariban origin

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tonka bean

noun
ton·ka bean | \ˈtäŋ-kə- \

Medical Definition of tonka bean 

: the seed of any of several leguminous trees of the genus Dipteryx that contains coumarin and is used in perfumes and as a flavoring also : a tree bearing tonka beans

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