vanilla plant


vanilla plant
a composite plant, Trilisa odoratissima (or Carphephorus odoratissimus), of the southeastern U.S., having purplish flower heads and vanilla-scented leaves used to flavor tobacco. Also called vanilla leaf, wild vanilla.
[1745-55]

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  • Vanilla planifolia — Vanilla Va*nil la, n. [NL., fr. Sp. vainilla, dim. of Sp. vaina a sheath, a pod, L. vagina; because its grains, or seeds, are contained in little pods.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) A genus of climbing orchidaceous plants, natives of tropical America …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vanilla — 1660s, from Sp. vainilla vanilla plant, lit. little pod, dim. of vaina sheath, from L. vagina sheath (see VAGINA (Cf. vagina)). So called from the shape of the pods. European discovery 1521 by Hernando Cortes soldiers on reconnaissance in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • vanilla bean — noun long bean like fruit; seeds are used as flavoring • Hypernyms: ↑flavorer, ↑flavourer, ↑flavoring, ↑flavouring, ↑seasoner, ↑seasoning • Substance Holonyms: ↑vanilla, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • vanilla — va·nil·la || vÉ™ nɪlÉ™ n. type of vine cultivated for its seed pods from which a popular flavor is extracted; seed pod of the vanilla plant; flavor extracted from the vanilla plant, any synthetically produced flavor resembling the vanilla… …   English contemporary dictionary


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