Definition of Vanilla

1. Noun. Any of numerous climbing plants of the genus Vanilla having fleshy leaves and clusters of large waxy highly fragrant white or green or topaz flowers.

Generic synonyms: Orchid, Orchidaceous Plant
Group relationships: Genus Vanilla
Specialized synonyms: Vanilla Orchid, Vanilla Planifolia

2. Adjective. Flavored with vanilla extract. "He liked vanilla ice cream"

3. Noun. A flavoring prepared from vanilla beans macerated in alcohol (or imitating vanilla beans).
Exact synonyms: Vanilla Extract
Generic synonyms: Flavorer, Flavoring, Flavourer, Flavouring, Seasoner, Seasoning
Terms within: Vanilla Bean

4. Adjective. Plain and without any extras or adornments. "The basic car is known as the vanilla version"
Similar to: Plain

5. Noun. A distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans.
Generic synonyms: Flavor, Flavour, Nip, Relish, Sapidity, Savor, Savour, Smack, Tang

Definition of Vanilla

1. n. A genus of climbing orchidaceous plants, natives of tropical America.

2. n. A genus of climbing orchidaceous plants, natives of tropical America.

Definition of Vanilla

1. Noun. Any tropical, climbing orchid of the genus ''Vanilla'' (especially ''Vanilla planifolia''), bearing podlike fruit yielding an extract used in flavoring food or in perfumes. ¹

2. Noun. The fruit or bean of the vanilla plant. ¹

3. Noun. The extract of the fruit of the vanilla plant. ¹

4. Noun. The distinctive fragrant flavour/flavor characteristic of vanilla extract. ¹

5. Noun. Any artificially produced homologue of vanilla extract, principally vanillin produced from lignin from the paper industry or from petrochemicals. ¹

6. Adjective. (colloquial) By association with vanilla as the "plain" flavour of ice cream: the standard, plain, default, unmodified, basic. ¹

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Definition of Vanilla

1. a flavoring extract [n -S] : VANILLIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Vanilla

1. 1. A genus of climbing orchidaceous plants natives of tropical America. 2. The long podlike capsules of Vanilla planifolia, and V. Claviculata, remarkable for their delicate and agreeable odour, for the volatile, odouriferous oil extracted from them; also, the flavoring extract made from the capsules, extensively used in confectionery, perfumery, etc. As a medicine, vanilla is supposed to possess powers analogous to valerian, while, at the same time, it is far more grateful. Cuban vanilla, a sweet-scented West Indian composite shrub (Eupatorium Dalea). Vanilla bean, the long capsule of the vanilla plant. Vanilla grass. Same as Holy grass, under Holy. Origin: NL, fr. Sp. Vainilla, dim. Of Sp. Vaina a sheath, a pod, L. Vagina; because its grains, or seeds, are contained in little pods. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Vanilla

vanilla bean
vanilla beans
vanilla extract
vanilla ice cream
vanilla orchid
vanilla pudding
vanilla slice
vanillate 1-hydroxylase
vanillate O-demethylase

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