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 (və-nĭl′ĭn, văn′ə-lĭn)
A white or yellowish crystalline compound, C8H8O3, found in vanilla beans and certain balsams and resins or produced synthetically and used in perfumes, flavorings, and pharmaceuticals.


(ˈvænɪlɪn; vəˈnɪlɪn)
(Elements & Compounds) a white crystalline aldehyde found in vanilla and many natural balsams and resins; 3-methoxy-4-hydroxybenzaldehyde. It is a by-product of paper manufacture and is used as a flavouring and in perfumes and pharmaceuticals. Formula: (CH3O)(OH)C6H3CHO


(vəˈnɪl ɪn, ˈvæn l-)

a white, crystalline solid, C8H8O3, obtained from the vanilla bean or prepared synthetically, used chiefly as a flavoring agent and in perfumery.
[1865–70; vanill(a) + -in1]
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Noun1.vanillin - a crystalline compound found in vanilla beans and some balsam resins; used in perfumes and flavorings
vanilla bean - long bean-like fruit; seeds are used as flavoring
chemical compound, compound - (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight
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It can be formed naturally by forming reaction between benzaldehyde such as acetaldehyde and isovanillin.