VANIL'LA, n. A genus of plants which have an unctuous aromatic taste, and a fragrant smell; natives of South America and the West Indies.
A genus of orchidaceous plants, natives of a tropical America. The capsule of Vanilla aromatica is remarkable for its fragrant odor, and for the volatile odoriferous oil extracted from it. As a medicine, it is supposed to possess powers analogous to valerian, while, at the same time, it is far more grateful. – Cyc.
- A genus of climbing orchidaceous
plants, natives of tropical America.
- 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.