tonca bean
Tonka bean Ton"ka bean` [Cf. F. onca, tonka.] (Bot.) The seed of a leguminous tree ({Dipteryx odorata}), native of Guiana. It has a peculiarly agreeable smell, and is employed in the scenting of snuff. Called also {tonquin bean}. [Written also {tonca bean}, {tonga bean}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • Tonca bean — Ton ca bean (Bot.) See {Tonka bean}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tonca bean — variant of tonka bean * * * tonca bean see tonka …   Useful english dictionary

  • tonga bean — Tonka bean Ton ka bean [Cf. F. onca, tonka.] (Bot.) The seed of a leguminous tree ({Dipteryx odorata}), native of Guiana. It has a peculiarly agreeable smell, and is employed in the scenting of snuff. Called also {tonquin bean}. [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tonka bean — Ton ka bean [Cf. F. onca, tonka.] (Bot.) The seed of a leguminous tree ({Dipteryx odorata}), native of Guiana. It has a peculiarly agreeable smell, and is employed in the scenting of snuff. Called also {tonquin bean}. [Written also {tonca bean},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tonquin bean — Tonka bean Ton ka bean [Cf. F. onca, tonka.] (Bot.) The seed of a leguminous tree ({Dipteryx odorata}), native of Guiana. It has a peculiarly agreeable smell, and is employed in the scenting of snuff. Called also {tonquin bean}. [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tonka bean — noun Etymology: Dutch tonka( boon) & Portuguese (fava )tonca, perhaps of Cariban origin Date: 1796 the coumarin containing seed of any of several tropical American leguminous trees (genus Dipteryx, especially D. odorata) that is used in perfumes… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Dipteryx odorata — Tonka bean Ton ka bean [Cf. F. onca, tonka.] (Bot.) The seed of a leguminous tree ({Dipteryx odorata}), native of Guiana. It has a peculiarly agreeable smell, and is employed in the scenting of snuff. Called also {tonquin bean}. [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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