vanilla

[ vuh-nil-uh or, often, -nel-uh ]SEE DEFINITION OF vanilla
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While pulling, flavor with vanilla and a few drops of lemon.

Add the butter and vanilla, cool, and fill into the éclairs.

There was an odour of pomade and vanilla that made me feel sick.

Flavour with vanilla, and put into a buttered mould with a well in the centre.

Boil the milk, pour it over the crumbs, and add the vanilla essence.

Make a thick cream as for Charlotte Russe, and flavour with vanilla.

This sauce may also be flavored with vanilla or lemon extract.

Instead of vanilla a little orange or lemon peel may be substituted.

The flowers of the vanilla are of a greenish yellow, touched here and there with white.

Flavour with Nelson's Essence of Vanilla after the jelly has been through the bag.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s, from Spanish vainilla "vanilla plant," literally "little pod," diminutive of vaina "sheath," from Latin vagina "sheath" (see vagina). So called from the shape of the pods. European discovery 1521 by Hernando Cortes' soldiers on reconnaissance in southeastern Mexico. Meaning "conventional, of ordinary sexual preferences" is 1970s, from notion of whiteness and the common choice of vanilla ice cream.

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