tonka beanton·ka bean
- the fragrant, almond-shaped seed of any of several South American leguminous trees (genus Dipteryx) used in perfumes, drugs, etc.
- the tree
Origin of tonka beanprobably ; from Tupí name in Guiana
- A tropical South American tree (Dipteryx odorata) in the pea family, having pulpy, egg-shaped, one-seeded pods with fragrant seeds containing coumarin.
- The seed of this tree, formerly widely used as a flavoring for food or tobacco. Extracts from tonka beans have been banned as food additives in the United States.
Origin of tonka beanPerhaps from Galibi tonka.