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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.
Origin of vanilla plant
First recorded in 1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Pineapples are also seen growing vigorously, and also the vanilla plant, which resembles tobacco in its leaf.

    My Native Land James Cox
  • The vanilla plant, also, is one of the wonderful inmates of the forests.

    From Pole to Pole Sven Anders Hedin

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