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Meaning of VANILLA

Pronunciation:  vu'nilu

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans
  2. [n]  a flavoring prepared from vanilla beans macerated in alcohol (or imitating vanilla beans)
  3. [n]  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

VANILLA is a 7 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: vanilla extract
 See Also: flavor, flavorer, flavoring, flavour, flavourer, flavouring, genus Vanilla, orchid, orchidaceous plant, relish, sapidity, savor, savour, seasoner, seasoning, smack, tang, vanilla bean, vanilla orchid, Vanilla planifolia



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Va*nil"la\, n. [NL., fr. Sp. vainilla, dim. of Sp.
vaina a sheath, a pod, L. vagina; because its grains, or
seeds, are contained in little pods.]
1. (Bot.) A genus of climbing orchidaceous plants, natives of
   tropical America.

2. The long podlike capsules of {Vanilla planifolia}, and {V.
   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.

Note: As a medicine, vanilla is supposed to possess powers
      analogous to valerian, while, at the same time, it is
      far more grateful.

{Cuban vanilla}, a sweet-scented West Indian composite shrub
   ({Eupatorium Dalea}).

{Vanilla bean}, the long capsule of the vanilla plant.

{Vanilla grass}. Same as {Holy grass}, under {Holy}.

Computing Dictionary

1. (Default flavour of ice cream in the US) Ordinary flavour, standard. When used of food, very often does not mean that the food is flavoured with vanilla extract! For example, "vanilla wonton soup" means ordinary wonton soup, as opposed to hot-and-sour wonton soup. Applied to hardware and software, as in "Vanilla version 7 unix can't run on a vanilla pdp 11/34." Also used to orthogonalise chip nomenclature; for instance, a 74V00 means what TI calls a 7400, as distinct from a 74LS00, etc. This word differs from canonical in that the latter means "default", whereas vanilla simply means "ordinary". For example, when hackers go to a chinese restaurant, hot-and-sour wonton soup is the canonical wonton soup to get (because that is what most of them usually order) even though it isn't the vanilla wonton soup.

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2. snobol4 by catspaw, inc. for ms-dos.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Tasting or smelling vanilla in your dream indicates a welcoming experience or inviting situation.