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for Vanilla planifolia
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Vanilla \Va*nil"la\, n. [NL., fr. Sp. vainilla, dim. of Sp.
vaina a sheath, a pod, L. vagina; because its grains, or
seeds, are contained in little pods.]
1. (Bot.) A genus of climbing orchidaceous plants, natives of
2. The long podlike capsules of Vanilla planifolia, and
Vanilla claviculata, remarkable for their delicate and
agreeable odor, for the volatile, odoriferous oil
extracted from them; also, the flavoring extract made from
the capsules, extensively used in confectionery,
Note: As a medicine, vanilla is supposed to possess powers
analogous to valerian, while, at the same time, it is
far more grateful.
Cuban vanilla, a sweet-scented West Indian composite shrub
Vanilla bean, the long capsule of the vanilla plant.
Vanilla grass. Same as Holy grass, under Holy.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a climbing orchid bearing a podlike fruit yielding vanilla
beans; widely cultivated from Florida southward throughout
tropical America [syn: vanilla orchid, Vanilla
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