tonka bean

noun ton·ka bean \ ˈtäŋ-kə- \
Updated on: 18 Mar 2018

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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Origin and Etymology of 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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