tonka bean

noun
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 Lavender is my favorite smell on Earth, and this formula blends three types of the herb with bergamot and tonka bean for a heady, androgynous scent that clings to my neck well into the wee hours. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Beauty Editors on Their Signature Winter Fragrances," 30 Oct. 2020 Lavender is my favorite smell on Earth, and this formula blends three types of the herb with bergamot and tonka bean for a heady, androgynous scent that clings to my neck well into the wee hours. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Beauty Editors on Their Signature Winter Fragrances," 30 Oct. 2020 Lavender is my favorite smell on Earth, and this formula blends three types of the herb with bergamot and tonka bean for a heady, androgynous scent that clings to my neck well into the wee hours. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Beauty Editors on Their Signature Winter Fragrances," 30 Oct. 2020 Lavender is my favorite smell on Earth, and this formula blends three types of the herb with bergamot and tonka bean for a heady, androgynous scent that clings to my neck well into the wee hours. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Beauty Editors on Their Signature Winter Fragrances," 30 Oct. 2020 Lavender is my favorite smell on Earth, and this formula blends three types of the herb with bergamot and tonka bean for a heady, androgynous scent that clings to my neck well into the wee hours. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Beauty Editors on Their Signature Winter Fragrances," 30 Oct. 2020 Lavender is my favorite smell on Earth, and this formula blends three types of the herb with bergamot and tonka bean for a heady, androgynous scent that clings to my neck well into the wee hours. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Beauty Editors on Their Signature Winter Fragrances," 30 Oct. 2020 Lavender is my favorite smell on Earth, and this formula blends three types of the herb with bergamot and tonka bean for a heady, androgynous scent that clings to my neck well into the wee hours. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Beauty Editors on Their Signature Winter Fragrances," 30 Oct. 2020 The headier scent, Angel's Share, adds cinnamon, praline, and tonka bean to create a decadent concoction. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Fall’s Best Scents Are a Feast for the Senses," 21 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of tonka bean was in 1796

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6 Jan 2021

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“Tonka bean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tonka%20bean. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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tonka bean

noun
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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