- a white, crystalline, water-soluble, alcohol-soluble solid, C8H8O3, obtained by extraction from the vanilla bean or prepared synthetically: used chiefly as a flavoring agent and in perfumery.
Also va·nil·line [vuh-nil-in, -een, van-l-in, -een] /vəˈnɪl ɪn, -in, ˈvæn l ɪn, -ˌin/.
Origin of vanillin
Also called vanillic aldehyde.
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Examples from the Web for vanillin
Vanillin also occurs in Siam benzoin, in raw beet-sugar and in cloves.
The real vanilla flavor, vanillin, was made by Tiemann in 1874.Creative Chemistry
Edwin E. Slosson
Vanillin, a white crystalline solid, melting at 80°-82° C. and prepared by the oxidation of isoeugenol.The Handbook of Soap Manufacture
W. H. Simmons
- 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: (CH 3 O)(OH)C 6 H 3 CHO
Word Origin and History for vanillin
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A white or yellowish crystalline compound found in vanilla beans and certain balsams and resins and used in flavorings and pharmaceuticals.
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