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va·nil·la

 (və-nĭl′ə)
n.
1. Any of various tropical American vines of the genus Vanilla in the orchid family, especially V. planifolia, widely cultivated for its long narrow seedpods, which yield an aromatic substance used especially as a flavoring.
2. The seedpod of this plant. Also called vanilla bean.
3. A flavoring extract prepared from the cured seedpods of this plant or produced synthetically.
adj.
1.
a. Flavored with vanilla: vanilla pudding.
b. Scented with or smelling like vanilla: vanilla perfume.
2. Lacking adornments or special features; basic or ordinary: "a delicious twist to a vanilla plot" (Ian O'Connor).
3. White or off-white in color: a vanilla suit.
4. Slang Relating to or engaging in sexual activity that is regarded as conventional or unadventurous; not kinky, sadomasochistic, or fetishistic.

[Obsolete Spanish vainilla, diminutive of vaina, sheath (from the shape of its seedpods), from Latin vāgīna.]

vanilla

(vəˈnɪlə)
n
1. (Plants) any tropical climbing orchid of the genus Vanilla, esp V. plonifolia, having spikes of large fragrant greenish-yellow flowers and long fleshy pods containing the seeds (beans)
2. (Plants) the pod or bean of certain of these plants, used to flavour food, etc
3. (Cookery) a flavouring extract prepared from vanilla beans and used in cooking
adj
4. (Cookery) flavoured with or as if with vanilla: vanilla ice cream.
5. slang ordinary or conventional: a vanilla kind of guy.
[C17: from New Latin, from Spanish vainilla pod, from vaina a sheath, from Latin vāgīna sheath]

va•nil•la

(vəˈnɪl ə or, often, -ˈnɛl ə)

n., pl. -las.
1. any tropical climbing orchid of the genus Vanilla, esp. V. planifolia, bearing fruit yielding an extract used in flavoring food and in perfumery.
2. Also called vanil′la bean`. the fruit or bean of this orchid.
3. the extract of this fruit.
adj.
4. containing or flavored with vanilla.
5. ordinary; commonplace.
[1655–65; < New Latin < Sp vainilla little pod =vain(a) a sheath (< Latin vāgīna sheath) + -illa diminutive suffix (< Late Latin)]
va•nil′lic, adj.

vanilla

  • hard sauce - Contains butter and sugar, with brandy, rum, or vanilla.
  • oak - In the flavor of wines, it comes from oak cases and is similar to coconut or vanilla.
  • vanilla - Can mean "having no special features."
  • white chocolate - A blend of cocoa butter, milk solids and sugar and vanilla, it used in candy bars and baking and coatings; it is not technically chocolate because it contains no chocolate liqueur.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vanilla - any of numerous climbing plants of the genus Vanilla having fleshy leaves and clusters of large waxy highly fragrant white or green or topaz flowersvanilla - 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
orchid, orchidaceous plant - any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors
genus Vanilla - large genus of tropical climbing orchids; Old and New Worlds
vanilla orchid, Vanilla planifolia - a climbing orchid bearing a podlike fruit yielding vanilla beans; widely cultivated from Florida southward throughout tropical America
2.vanilla - a flavoring prepared from vanilla beans macerated in alcohol (or imitating vanilla beans)vanilla - a flavoring prepared from vanilla beans macerated in alcohol (or imitating vanilla beans)
flavorer, flavoring, flavourer, flavouring, seasoning, seasoner - something added to food primarily for the savor it imparts
vanilla bean - long bean-like fruit; seeds are used as flavoring
3.vanilla - a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beansvanilla - a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans
sapidity, savor, savour, smack, flavor, flavour, nip, relish, tang - the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
Adj.1.vanilla - flavored with vanilla extract; "he liked vanilla ice cream"
2.vanilla - plain and without any extras or adornments; "the most common type of bond is the straight or plain vanilla bond"; "the basic car is known as the vanilla version"
plain - not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"

vanilla

adjective (Informal) ordinary, standard, regular, common, stock, simple, normal, typical, conventional, routine, everyday, down-to-earth, workaday, bog-standard (informal) I've just got a plain vanilla insurance policy.
Translations
فانيلا: تُسْتَعمل لِتَعْطير الكَعْكفانيليا
vanilka
vanilje
vaniljavaniljauutevanilliini
vanilija
vanília
vanillavanilja
バニラ
바닐라
vanilė
vaniļa
vanilka
vanilijavanilja
vanilj
กลิ่นหรือรสวนิลา
vani

vanilla

[vəˈnɪlə]
A. Nvainilla f
B. ADJde vainilla

vanilla

[vəˈnɪlə]
nvanille f
modif [ice cream] → à la vanille; [bean, pod, essence, extract] → de vanillevanilla essence nessence f de vanille

vanilla

nVanille f
adjVanille-; vanilla ice creamVanilleeis nt

vanilla

[vəˈnɪlə]
1. nvaniglia
2. adj (ice cream) → alla vaniglia; (essence) → di vaniglia

vanilla

(vəˈnilə) noun
a flavouring obtained from a tropical orchid, and used in ice-cream and other foods. vanilla ice-cream.

vanilla

فانيليا vanilka vanilje Vanille βανίλια vainilla vanilja vanille vanilija vaniglia バニラ 바닐라 vanille vanilje wanilia baunilha ваниль vanilj กลิ่นหรือรสวนิลา vanilya vani 香草
References in classic literature ?
It was pronounced a great success--excellent if it had only contained a little less vanilla or a little more sugar, if it had been frozen a degree harder, and if the salt might have been kept out of portions of it.
There is cultivated in the king's garden at Paris, a species of serpentine aloes without prickles, whose large and beautiful flower exhales a strong odour of the vanilla, during the time of its expansion, which is very short.
The broad road was shaded by pepper-trees, and on each side were the plantations, cocoa-nut and vanilla.
But the interest of the day's proceedings for us is centred neither in the learned discourse of our friend Van Systens, however eloquent it might be, nor in the young dandies, resplendent in their Sunday clothes, and munching their heavy cakes; nor in the poor young peasants, gnawing smoked eels as if they were sticks of vanilla sweetmeat; neither is our interest in the lovely Dutch girls, with red cheeks and ivory bosoms; nor in the fat, round mynheers, who had never left their homes before; nor in the sallow, thin travellers from Ceylon or Java; nor in the thirsty crowds, who quenched their thirst with pickled cucumbers; -- no, so far as we are concerned, the real interest of the situation, the fascinating, dramatic interest, is not to be found here.
Anne fled to the pantry and returned with a small bottle partially filled with a brown liquid and labeled yellowly, "Best Vanilla.
I broke the liniment bottle last week and poured what was left into an old empty vanilla bottle.
Very Vanilla is a fortified soymilk that offers all of the nutrients of milk with extra vanilla for a more kid-friendly taste.
Today, Uganda is enjoying a vanilla boom and processors and exporters can expect anything from US$80 per kg to US$200 per kg (depending on quality and order quantity).
Customers queuing at special check-outs in Cardiff Bay's Asda store at Ferry Road will be wafted with vanilla essence from today onwards.
Add the whipped cream, gelatin, orange zest, vanilla bean scrapings, walnuts, and pumpkin seed brittle, and using a rubber spatula, fold to combine.
WE'VE all heard of vanilla ice-cream, vanilla slices and vanilla essence, but what about vanilla patches?
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