1. noun /vəˈnɪlə/
a) Any tropical, climbing orchid of the genus Vanilla (especially Vanilla planifolia), bearing podlike fruit yielding an extract used in flavoring food or in perfumes.

You can tell that the secret ingredient missing from New Coke</sup> was vanilla, because certain South American economies collapsed when it was introduced, and miraculously revived when the old formula was used again.

b) The fruit or bean of this orchid.
2. adjective /vəˈnɪlə/
a) Of or relating to vanilla.

vanilla bean

b) Flavoured/flavored with vanilla or vanilla extract (whether natural or artificial).

vanilla ice cream

See Also: vanillin

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