Share this entry

Share this page

vanillin

Syllabification: va·nil·lin
Pronunciation: /vəˈnilin, ˈvanl-
 
/

Definition of vanillin in English:

noun

Chemistry
A fragrant compound that is the essential constituent of vanilla.
Example sentences
  • Medieval linens show the presence of vanillin in chemical tests, but the linen in the Dead Sea scrolls and other very old linens do not.
  • Organic texts often cite flavor chemicals such as vanillin from vanilla as examples of naturally occurring organic chemicals that we encounter every day.
  • After this time the surface of the fruit will be covered in crystals of glucose and vanillin and the fruits themselves have become black from oxidization but are still flexible.

Origin

mid 19th century: from vanilla + -in1.

Definition of vanillin in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtenəbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure