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vanilla

[ vuh-nil-uh or, often, -nel-uh ]
/ vəˈnɪl ə or, often, -ˈnɛl ə /
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noun
any tropical, climbing orchid of the genus Vanilla, especially V. planifolia, bearing podlike fruit yielding an extract used in flavoring food, in perfumery, etc.
Also called vanilla bean . the fruit or bean of this orchid.
the extract of this fruit.
adjective
containing or flavored with vanilla: vanilla custard.
Informal. plain-vanilla.
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Origin of vanilla

1655–65; <New Latin <Spanish vainilla little pod, equivalent to vain(a) a sheath (<Latin vāgīna sheath) + -illa diminutive suffix (< LL)
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British Dictionary definitions for vanilla

vanilla
/ (vəˈnɪlə) /

noun
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)
the pod or bean of certain of these plants, used to flavour food, etc
a flavouring extract prepared from vanilla beans and used in cooking
adjective
flavoured with or as if with vanillavanilla ice cream
slang ordinary or conventionala vanilla kind of guy

Word Origin for vanilla

C17: from New Latin, from Spanish vainilla pod, from vaina a sheath, from Latin vāgīna sheath
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