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.
The centuries last passed have also given the taste important extension; the discovery of sugar, and its different preparations, of alcoholic liquors, of wine, ices, vanilla, tea and coffee, have given us flavors hitherto unknown. Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
vanilla in Dutch is vanille
vanilla in Finnish is vanilja
vanilla in French is vanille
vanilla in German is Vanille
vanilla in Italian is vainiglia
vanilla in Spanish is vainilla
vanilla in Swedish is vanilj
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