Any of various tropical American vines of the genus Vanilla in the orchid family, especially V. planifolia, widely cultivated for its long narrow seedpods, which yield an aromatic substance used especially as a flavoring.
You can tell that the secret ingredient missing from New CokeTM was vanilla, because certain South American economies collapsed when it was introduced, and miraculously revived when the old formula was used again.
Origin of vanilla
Obsolete Spanish vainilladiminutive ofvainasheath (from the shape of its seedpods)from Latin vāgīna
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Her hair smelled like vanilla, her skin of sweat and woman.
The purchaser undertook to introduce settlers from northern Europe, to import cattle for the improvement of the Nicaraguan breed, to plant rubber and vanilla, and to provide schools for agricultural instruction.
In addition, a considerable quantity of molasses and smaller quantities of rum, vanilla and coco-nut oil are exported.
The forest products of the state include fine woods, rubber, ipecacuanha, sarsaparilla, jaborandi, vanilla and copaiba.