tonka bean

ton·​ka bean | \ ˈtäŋ-kə- How to pronounce tonka bean (audio) \

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

Examples of tonka bean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bliss is composed of green vanilla, Rhum, tonka bean, and cast in suede leather. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Led by Davana, a daisy variant native to Southern India, the blend is filled with rich aromas like tonka bean, coffee, and sandalwood. Vogue, 11 Nov. 2021 That effect is created with petitgrain sur fleurs, hay absolute, tonka bean, lavender absolute, rosemary, khella, kunzea, blue cypress and seaweed. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 The Sunset Cliffs scent contains notes of sea salt, jasmine, lily of the valley and tonka bean. Jennifer Ianni Managing Editor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 Fruity top notes of pear and bergamot mingle with a heart of jasmine flowers and a base of tonka bean and vanilla. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 That overwhelming sweetness quickly transforms into something indescribably intoxicating as soft tonka bean, cocoa, musk, and berries make their way to the surface. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 20 Oct. 2021 That metaphor for love is captured with notes of salt grains, freesia, jasmine, clary sage, tonka bean and cashmere wood. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 25 May 2021 The heart is all about an array of roses—specifically Provence and Persian roses—with top notes of sparkling bergamot, blackcurrant buds and pink peppercorn, and a base of green moss, velvet and amber woods, and tonka bean. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 25 May 2021

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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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6 Jan 2022

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tonka bean

ton·​ka bean | \ ˈtäŋ-kə- How to pronounce tonka bean (audio) \

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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