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vanilla va·nil·la (və-nĭl'ə)
Any of various tropical American vines of the genus Vanilla, especially V. planifolia, cultivated for its long narrow seedpods from which a flavoring agent is obtained.
The seedpod of this plant. Also called vanilla bean.
A flavoring extract prepared from the cured seedpods of this plant or produced synthetically.
vanilla bean n.
[fr the white color and the perhaps unimaginative choice of vanilla ice cream]