Vanilla

Closeup of vanilla plant green pod on plantation. Agriculture in tropical climate.

Vanilla planifolia

Vanilla (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

Borrowed from Spanish vainilla, a diminutive form of vaina (pod).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /vəˈnɪlə/
  • Rhymes: -ɪlə
  • IPA(key): /vəˈnɛlə/
  • Rhymes: -ɛlə

Noun

vanilla (countable and uncountable, plural vanillas)

  1. (countable) Any tropical, climbing orchid of the genus Vanilla (especially Vanilla planifolia), bearing podlike fruit yielding an extract used in flavoring food or in perfumes.
  2. (countable) The fruit or bean of the vanilla plant.
    Synonym: vanilla bean
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