Found 2 items, similar to Tonka bean.
English → English
Definition: tonka bean
n 1: fragrant black nutlike seeds of the tonka bean tree; used in
perfumes and medicines and as a substitute for vanilla
[syn: coumara nut
2: tall tropical South American tree having pulpy egg-shaped
pods of fragrant black almond-shaped seeds used for
flavoring [syn: tonka bean tree
, Coumarouna odorata
, Dipteryx odorata
English → English
Definition: Tonka 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
(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 genera Faba
; also, to the herbs.
Note: The origin and classification of many kinds are still
doubtful. Among true beans are: the black-eyed bean and
China bean, included in Dolichos Sinensis
Egyptian bean or hyacinth bean, Dolichos Lablab
common haricot beans, kidney beans, string beans, and
pole beans, all included in Phaseolus vulgaris
lower bush bean, Phaseolus vulgaris
, variety nanus;
Lima bean, Phaseolus lunatus
; Spanish bean and
scarlet runner, Phaseolus multiflorus
; Windsor bean,
the common bean of England, Faba vulgaris
[1913 Webster] As an article of food beans are classed
2. The popular name of other vegetable seeds or fruits, more
or less resembling true beans.
(Zo["o]l.), a plant louse (Aphis fab[ae]
which infests the bean plant.
(Zo["o]l.), a fly found on bean flowers.
(Zo["o]l.), a species of goose (Anser segetum
(Zo["o]l.), a small weevil that in the larval
state destroys beans. The American species is Bruchus fab[ae]
(Bot.), the seed of Mucuna urens
, a West
Indian plant. The seeds are washed up on the Florida
shore, and are often polished and made into ornaments.
, or St. Ignatius's bean
(Bot.), a species
, the common dried white bean of commerce;
probably so called because an important article of food in
, a very small and highly esteemed variety of the
edible white bean; -- so called from its size.
. See under Sacred
. See under Screw
(a) Same as Florida bean
(b) A red bean of unknown species used for ornament.
, or Tonka bean
, the fragrant seed of
, a leguminous tree.
. See under Vanilla