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 and as an artificial vanilla flavoring; also a tree bearing tonka beans

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  • 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

  • Tonka bean — Bean Bean (b[=e]n), n. [OE. bene, AS. be[ a]n; akin to D. boon, G. bohne, OHG. p[=o]na, Icel. baun, Dan. b[ o]nne, Sw. b[ o]na, and perh. to Russ. bob, L. faba.] 1. (Bot.) A name given to the seed of certain leguminous herbs, chiefly of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tonka-bean — /tongˈkə bēnˈ/ noun 1. (also tonga bean /tongˈgə /, tonquin bean /tongˈkēn /) the coumarin scented seed of a large papilionaceous tree (genus Dipteryx) of Guiana, used for flavouring snuff, etc 2. The tree from which it comes ORIGIN: Local name …   Useful english dictionary

  • tonka bean — [täŋ′kə] n. [prob. < Tupí name in Guiana] 1. the fragrant, almond shaped seed of any of several South American leguminous trees (genus Dipteryx) used in perfumes, drugs, etc. 2. the tree …   English World dictionary

  • tonka-bean — kvapioji tongapupė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pupinių šeimos dažinis, prieskoninis, vaistinis augalas (Dipteryx odorata), paplitęs Pietų Amerikoje. Naudojamas maisto priedams (kvėpikliams, vanilės pakaitalui) gaminti, iš jo gaunamas… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Tonka bean — Taxobox image width = 250px image caption = Tonka Beans name = Tonka bean regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Fabales familia = Fabaceae subfamilia = Faboideae tribus = Dipterygeae genus = Dipteryx species = D …   Wikipedia

  • tonka bean — Dipteryx Dipteryx n. a genus of tropical American trees which produce a black seed called the {tonka bean}. Syn: Coumarouna, genus {Coumarouna}, genus {Dipteryx}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tonka bean — /ˈtɒŋkə bin/ (say tongkuh been) noun 1. the fragrant, black, almond shaped seed of a tall leguminous tree, Dipteryx odorata, of tropical South America, used in perfumes and snuff. 2. the tree itself. {? Galibi tonka + bean} …   Australian English dictionary

  • tonka bean — ton·ka bean täŋ kə n the seed of any of several leguminous trees of the genus Dipteryx that contains coumarin and is used in perfumes and as a flavoring also a tree bearing tonka beans * * * 1. Dipteryx odorata. 2. the seed of D. odorata, which… …   Medical dictionary

  • tonka bean — n. the black fragrant seed of a South American tree, Dipteryx odorata, used in perfumery etc. Etymology: tonka, its name in Guyana, + BEAN …   Useful english dictionary

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