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NOUN (3)

1. any of numerous climbing plants of the genus Vanilla having fleshy leaves and clusters of large waxy highly fragrant white or green or topaz flowers;

2. a flavoring prepared from vanilla beans macerated in alcohol (or imitating vanilla beans);
[syn: vanilla, vanilla extract]

3. a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans;


ADJECTIVE (2)

1. flavored with vanilla extract;
- Example: "he liked vanilla ice cream"

2. plain and without any extras or adornments;
- Example: "the most common type of bond is the straight or plain vanilla bond"
- Example: "the basic car is known as the vanilla version"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vanilla \Va*nil"la\, n. [NL., fr. Sp. vainilla, dim. of Sp. vaina a sheath, a pod, L. vagina; because its grains, or seeds, are contained in little pods.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) A genus of climbing orchidaceous plants, natives of tropical America. [1913 Webster] 2. The long podlike capsules of Vanilla planifolia, and Vanilla claviculata, remarkable for their delicate and agreeable odor, for the volatile, odoriferous oil extracted from them; also, the flavoring extract made from the capsules, extensively used in confectionery, perfumery, etc. [1913 Webster] Note: As a medicine, vanilla is supposed to possess powers analogous to valerian, while, at the same time, it is far more grateful. [1913 Webster] Cuban vanilla, a sweet-scented West Indian composite shrub (Eupatorium Dalea). Vanilla bean, the long capsule of the vanilla plant. Vanilla grass. Same as Holy grass, under Holy. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

vanilla adj 1: flavored with vanilla extract; "he liked vanilla ice cream" 2: plain and without any extras or adornments; "the most common type of bond is the straight or plain vanilla bond"; "the basic car is known as the vanilla version" n 1: any of numerous climbing plants of the genus Vanilla having fleshy leaves and clusters of large waxy highly fragrant white or green or topaz flowers 2: a flavoring prepared from vanilla beans macerated in alcohol (or imitating vanilla beans) [syn: vanilla, vanilla extract] 3: a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

vanilla adj. [from the default flavor of ice cream in the U.S.] Ordinary flavor, standard. When used of food, very often does not mean that the food is flavored with vanilla extract! For example, vanilla wonton soup means ordinary wonton soup, as opposed to hot-and-sour wonton soup. Applied to hardware and software, as in ?Vanilla Version 7 Unix can't run on a vanilla 11/34.? Also used to orthogonalize chip nomenclature; for instance, a 74V00 means what TI calls a 7400, as distinct from a 74LS00, etc. This word differs from canonical in that the latter means ?default?, whereas vanilla simply means ?ordinary?. For example, when hackers go on a great-wall, hot-and-sour soup is the canonical soup to get (because that is what most of them usually order) even though it isn't the vanilla (wonton) soup.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

vanilla 1. (Default flavour of ice cream in the US) Ordinary flavour, standard. When used of food, very often does not mean that the food is flavoured with vanilla extract! For example, "vanilla wonton soup" means ordinary wonton soup, as opposed to hot-and-sour wonton soup. Applied to hardware and software, as in "Vanilla Version 7 Unix can't run on a vanilla PDP 11/34." Also used to orthogonalise chip nomenclature; for instance, a 74V00 means what TI calls a 7400, as distinct from a 74LS00, etc. This word differs from canonical in that the latter means "default", whereas vanilla simply means "ordinary". For example, when hackers go to a chinese restaurant, hot-and-sour wonton soup is the canonical wonton soup to get (because that is what most of them usually order) even though it isn't the vanilla wonton soup. [Jargon File] (1994-11-04) 2. Snobol4 by Catspaw, Inc. for MS-DOS. (ftp://cs.arizona.edu/snobol4/vanilla.arc). (1992-02-05)