noun[mass noun] Chemistry
A fragrant compound which is the essential constituent of vanilla.
- Alternative name: 3-methoxy-4-hydroxybenzaldehyde; chemical formula: CH3OC6H3(OH)CHO.
- 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.
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