from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as tonka-bean.


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  • The ambery notes are from the tonka, which is powdery and bittersweet, and the agarwood keeps an underlying feeling of cleanliness and freshness.

    Ayala's 2006 Interview on

  • The almond essence kind of mimics the coumarin notes of tonka which is really not good for consumption use.

    Hanami Perfume Launch @ Blunda Natural Botanical Perfume Exhibition #2

  • There were more experiments—they tried shaving tonka bean over the gnocchi before resorting to standard truffles—but two days later the gnocchi were going out with butter, Parmesan, and truffles, a barely reinterpreted rendition of the classic pumpkin ravioli.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • Tonquin mixture is, in fact, a reference to the principal ingredient, i.e. the tonka bean.

    Seal's of Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land

  • Velvet Dogs Playing Poker: Smooth wood, sweet pipe smoke, tonka, and Irish coffee.


  • I'd try to memorize every crack in the concrete, the little dog prints by the bridge pavement, the L.A. river I'd cross, the hideous tonka-toy construct next to my friend Edward's apartment, even the short-lived dandelions were not missed.

    Catherine Meek: Evicted

  • And one will find some slightly more esoteric items in the cupboard, whose variety or obscurity might immediately flag me as a chef: argan oil, Vietnamese fish sauce, and smoky pimenton from Spain, or palm sugar, Lebanese za'atar, and fragrant tonka beans.

    Michael Laiskonis: An Off-Duty Chef Cooks at Home

  • I'm thinking the amber/musk/tonka bean base might might! be what's bugging you - that's what bugs me, anyway.

    Words returned, eaten

  • I would LOVE to find a tonka truck in the girls section.

    Gender Part 2: Sugar & Spice

  • Thus the burnt aspect of Aimez Moi is what I now like about it the most: the heavy cream of honeyed violets, peach, helotrope and tonka beans is generously spiced by cardamom, cloves and anise, and the piquant mix lends the composition a sweetly-smoky quality.

    Caron Aimez Moi: Perfume Review


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  • Brand name of toy trucks and other construction vehicles.

    December 9, 2006