tonka bean

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tonka bean tall tropical South American tree having pulpy egg-shaped pods of fragrant black almond-shaped seeds used for flavoring
    • n tonka bean fragrant black nutlike seeds of the tonka bean tree; used in perfumes and medicines and as a substitute for vanilla
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tonka bean the fragrant seed of Dipteryx odorata, a leguminous tree.
    • Tonka bean (Bot) The seed of a leguminous tree (Dipteryx odorata), native of Guiana. It has a peculiarly agreeable smell, and is employed in the scenting of snuff. Called also tonquin bean.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. onca, tonka,

Usage

In literature:

This flavoring is made from the tonka-bean, which contains a deadly poison.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
One ounce of cumarin is equal to four pounds of tonka beans.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
Tonquin beans come from Tonka, in Guinea, not Tonquin, in Asia.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
This flavoring is made from the tonka-bean, which contains a deadly poison.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
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In news:

Manifesto 's layers are that of a woody floriental, with notes of jasmine, white corollas, lily of the valley, blackcurrant, vanilla, tonka bean, cedar and sandalwood.
I rarely get starstruck, so when I was asked to interview R&B singer Trey Songz—the face of Rocawear's newest men's fragrance Evolution, a saucy blend of mandarin, mango, coffee, and tonka bean that's out now—I.
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