from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or derived from vanilla or vanillin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to vanillin or vanillic acid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or derived from, vanilla or vanillin; resembling vanillin; specifically, designating an alcohol and an acid respectively, vanillin being the intermediate aldehyde.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Related to or derived from vanilla.


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  • It is very perfumey at first: violet accord that is both powdery like orris and wet and woody like cassie underlined by noticeable dosage of heliotropin - that vanillic molecule that makes heliotrope smells so sweet, almondy and plasticky all at once.

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  • If you have a keen sense of smell, try sniffing beneath the chocolate, caramel and vanillic elements in the Thierry Mugler classic Angel; you will detect a methyl benzoate effect.

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  • Their scent reveals a riverside terroir that smells ozonic, vanillic, powdery and almond-like.

    Royal Paulownia: The Perfume of Spring Along the Hudson

  • Heliotropin is a molecule found in vanilla and smells floral, vanillic, and slightly almond-like there is a lot of heliotropin in Tahitian vanilla beans.

    Royal Paulownia: The Perfume of Spring Along the Hudson

  • They may be thought of as “Oriental” blends, a category that encompasses many different perfumes, but they are not the sweetly ambery/vanillic scents you may find listed as Orientals among modern mainstream fragrances.

    DSH Perfumes Part Four: Roses and Resins

  • There is nothing more comforting that its saccharine, vanillic, milky aroma.

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  • There is nothing more comforting than a scent you remember from childhood; the momentary calm that comes over me when I smell the vanillic aroma of a sweet pie baking is a knee-jerk reaction.

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  • The smoldering, honeyed abyss of vanillic drydown, in which you can't help but long to drown.

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  • Basically, for me to like a myrrh fragrance, it either has to have a very strong frankincense note as well, which would emphasize the delightfully resinous side of myrrh and cover up the sides I don't like, or focus on the vanillic sweetness of myrrh.

    Mirra & Mirra by J & E Atkinsons: Perfume Review

  • It is the most wonderful violet on me, with warmly vanillic candy cooled by that anisic mint... beautiful.

    Caron Aimez Moi: Perfume Review


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