• WordNet 3.6
    • adj vanilla plain and without any extras or adornments "the most common type of bond is the straight or plain vanilla bond","the basic car is known as the vanilla version"
    • adj vanilla flavored with vanilla extract "he liked vanilla ice cream"
    • n vanilla a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans
    • n vanilla a flavoring prepared from vanilla beans macerated in alcohol (or imitating vanilla beans)
    • n vanilla any of numerous climbing plants of the genus Vanilla having fleshy leaves and clusters of large waxy highly fragrant white or green or topaz flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Baskin Robbins plain vanilla ice cream is the number one selling flavour and accounts for a quarter of their sales
    • Vanilla (Bot) A genus of climbing orchidaceous plants, natives of tropical America.
    • Vanilla 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, perfumery, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The popular chocolate bar "Three Musketeers" got its name because when it was first introduced in 1932 there were three individual bars. The flavours were strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla
    • n vanilla A plant of the genus Vanilla (see def. 3), especially one of several species yielding the vanilla of commerce. V. planifolia is by far the largest source; but other species, as V. aromotica and V. grandiflora, are also grown for use. Vanilla is most largely produced in Mexico, the product being obtained to a great extent from the wild plant; but the plant is also found, either wild or in cultivation, in various parts of Central and South America, and is more or less grown in many warm countries, notably in Mauritius and the Seychelles, Java, and Tahiti. On the isthmus of Panama the fruit of Selenipedium Chica, and perhaps of some other orchids, there known as vanilla chica, or little vanilla, is used like that of true vanilla. The vanilla-plant is a climber easily propagated by cuttings, beginning to bear when three years old, and continuing thirty or forty years. The flowers need to be artificially fertilized, except in the plant's natural habitat, where fertilization is effected by insects. The fruit is a long fleshy pod, known as vanillabean, from its form, not from its seeds, which are minute.
    • n vanilla The vanilla-bean or its economic extract. The valuable property of the bean, which resides in a volatile oil (see vanillin), is developed by a slow process of curing involving fermentation. The extract has a peculiar agreeable odor and aromatic taste. It has the medicinal property of an aromatic stimulant, with some effect upon the nervous system. Its chief use, however, is in the preparation of liquors, in perfumery, and as a flavoring of chocolate, confectionerv, creams, etc.
    • n vanilla [capitalized] [NL. (Plumier, 1703).] A genus of orchids, of the tribe Neottieæ, type of the subtribe Vanilleæ. It is characterized by having tall climbing and branching leafy stems, and large flowers with a broad concave stalked lip, at the base rolled about the column, to which the stalk is adnate. There are about 20 species, widely scattered through the tropics. They are robust climbers, sending out adventitious roots, by which they cling to trees, and bearing thick fleshy or coriaceous leaves. The flowers are usually large, often abundant, and of delicious fragrance, chiefly white and red, in several economic species green. The dark-brown pods are 6 to 9 inches long, and are filled with a dark oily odorous pulp. (See def. 1 and vanilloes.) The Jamaican species are there known as greenwithe and purplelip. V. planifolia occurs also in Florida along the everglades, where its green flowers reach about 2 inches in diameter. V. lutescens and V. Phalænopsis are cultivated under glass for their flowers, which are large and handsome, yellowish. white, or orange.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Eighty percent of the Vanilla Beans which are used to make ice cream is grown in Madagascar
    • n Vanilla va-nil′a the dried aromatic sheath-like pod or fruit of a tropical epiphytal orchid, a favourite confection
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Sp. vainilla, dim. of Sp. vaina, a sheath, a pod, L. vagina,; because its grains, or seeds, are contained in little pods
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Latinised from Fr. vanille—Sp. vainillavaina—L. vagina, a sheath.


In literature:

One or two drops of vanilla may be added if approved.
"The Girl's Own Paper, Vol. VIII. No. 358, November 6, 1886." by Various
You have guessed, Mrs. Wills, vanilla, please.
"A Sweet Little Maid" by Amy E. Blanchard
Its trade is in tobacco, vanilla, canela, wax, and copal.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
A teaspoonful of vanilla.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
Remove from the mold when cold and dust with powdered sugar and vanilla.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
The air was saturated with the heavy though not unpleasant odor of vanilla beans.
"The Black Phantom" by Leo Edward Miller
In the course of the summer, these vanilla vines exhibited a different appearance.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
Plain vanilla ice cream.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
She had decided on the vanilla and was whipping it briskly in.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
In the course of the summer, these vanilla vines exhibited a different appearance.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

The smoke, white orchards, drifts from you,
And, though it has imbibed the chill of
Sea water, smells of summer dew,
Of dung, of honey and vanilla.
""The camel snorts. He won't get up"" by Ivan Bunin
I woke and screamed a hideous scream
As greedy children do
Who eat too much vanilla cream
For I was having 'flu;
And it was just an awful dream
But, all the same, it's true.
"The Doctor" by A P Herbert
Plain food is quite enough for me;
Three courses are as good as ten;—
If Nature can subsist on three,
Thank Heaven for three. Amen!
I always thought cold victual nice;—
My choice would be vanilla-ice.
"Contentment" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Vanilla Equator stands out in name only.
Cadbury Vanilla Chocolate Ice Cream Bar.
Vanilla as a natural and long-lasting air freshener .
IN EFFECT UNTIL JUL 22, 6:00 p.m. Robert VanWinkle aka Vanilla Ice.
3 quarts vanilla ice cream .
Vanilla panna cotta, caramel, caviar.
Vanilla flavored candy coating, cut up.
If you like, you can use vanilla ice cream in place of the mascarpone .
Vanilla Bean 1 each, split, scraped.
Lobster Salad With Champagne Vanilla Bean Vinaigrette.
Oyo Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka.
I Use Vanilla Extract to Attract Men.
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
Kroger Recalls Vanilla Ice Cream Due to Possible Allergy Risk.
The perfect snack for a hot summer day homemade- vanilla-ice-cream -1-6614-l.

In science:

Our results for the vanilla model should thus be regarded as an estimate of the maximum possible effect.
Effects of CMB temperature uncertainties on cosmological parameter estimation
While for pro jected planck data it appears to be altogether negligible, one runs the risk of underestimating the error in the baryon density by about 20% for an ideal, cosmic variance limited experiment, assuming the current six-parameter vanilla model.
Effects of CMB temperature uncertainties on cosmological parameter estimation
DHalluin et al. (2004, 2005b) implemented implicit methods for evaluating vanilla European options, barrier options, and American options.
Using pseudo-parabolic and fractional equations for option pricing in jump diffusion models
Finally, the plain vanilla proof needs Ω(n) random bits.
Data Stream Algorithms for Codeword Testing
Unlike the proofs of part (a) and (b) where the plain vanilla (e, e)-list disjunct matrix works, for part (c), we need and use a stronger notion of list disjunct matrices.
Data Stream Algorithms for Codeword Testing