vanillin

noun
van·​il·​lin | \ˈva-nə-lən \

Definition of vanillin 

: a crystalline phenolic aldehyde C8H8O3 that is extracted from vanilla beans or prepared synthetically and is used especially in flavoring and in perfumery

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That list of chemicals includes creosol (associated with the smoky peat flavor of Scotch whisky), syringol (responsible for clovelike flavors), and vanillin (source of a vanilla-ish sweetness in smoke). Steven Raichlen, New York Times, "Grilling Turns Back to an Ancient Fuel: Wood," 29 June 2018 Though Firmenich also supplies synthetic and natural vanillin flavors derived from clove, cinnamon and wood, real vanilla is a luxury that needs to be preserved at the source, says Ghostine. Aryn Baker/sahabevava, Time, "Vanilla Is Nearly as Expensive as Silver. That Spells Trouble for Madagascar," 13 June 2018 One flavorant, ethyl vanillin – for vanilla notes – decreased free radical production by 42 percent. Rita Giordano, Philly.com, "How safe is the flavor you're vaping?," 17 Apr. 2018 Ingredients include water, maltitol, cocoa, celluose gum, caramel color, natural and artificial flavor, vanillin and salt. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Where can I find it?," 4 Apr. 2018 In 2014, the group approached Nestlé requesting a statement regarding the use of synbio vanillin in its Häagen-Dazs ice cream. David Ferry, Newsweek, "The Promises and Perils of Synthetic Biology," 11 Mar. 2015 The ingredients listed on the packaging are: unbleached enriched flour, sugar, palm and/or canola oil, cocoa, high fructose corn syrup, leavening, corn starch, salt, soy lecithin, vanillin, and unsweetened chocolate. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, "The Great Cookie Debate: Are Oreos Vegan or Not?," 15 Feb. 2018 So much sulfur made it into the stratosphere that sulfuric acid as strong as battery acid rained across the planet, indicated by traces of vanillin in fossil soils from that time. Howard Lee, Ars Technica, "When will the Earth try to kill us again?," 9 Nov. 2017 Queeny’s coal-tar drug company, Monsanto, was also flush from lucrative contracts with Coca-Cola, who bought their caffeine, vanillin, and saccharin. Rebecca Altman, The Atlantic, "How the Benzene Tree Polluted the World," 4 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of vanillin

circa 1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vanillin

borrowed from French vanilline, from vanille vanilla entry 1 + -ine -in entry 1

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vanillin

noun
van·​il·​lin | \ˈvan-ᵊl-ən \

Medical Definition of vanillin 

: a crystalline phenolic aldehyde C8H8O3 that is prepared synthetically or is obtained as the chief fragrant component of vanilla extracted from vanilla beans and that is used especially in flavoring and in perfumery

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