|1.||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)|
|2.||the pod or bean of certain of these plants, used to flavour food, etc|
|3.||a flavouring extract prepared from vanilla beans and used in cooking|
|4.||flavoured with or as if with vanilla: vanilla ice cream|
|5.||slang ordinary or conventional: a vanilla kind of guy|
|[C17: from New Latin, from Spanish vainilla pod, from vaina a sheath, from Latin vāgīna sheath]|
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.