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 for vanilla
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vanilla \Va*nil"la\, n. [NL., fr. Sp. vainilla, dim. of Sp.
     vaina a sheath, a pod, L. vagina; because its grains, or
     seeds, are contained in little pods.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. (Bot.) A genus of climbing orchidaceous plants, natives of
        tropical America.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. The long podlike capsules of Vanilla planifolia, and
        Vanilla claviculata, remarkable for their delicate and
        agreeable odor, for the volatile, odoriferous oil
        extracted from them; also, the flavoring extract made from
        the capsules, extensively used in confectionery,
        perfumery, etc.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: As a medicine, vanilla is supposed to possess powers
           analogous to valerian, while, at the same time, it is
           far more grateful.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     Cuban vanilla, a sweet-scented West Indian composite shrub
        ({Eupatorium Dalea).
  
     Vanilla bean, the long capsule of the vanilla plant.
  
     Vanilla grass. Same as Holy grass, under Holy.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  vanilla
      adj 1: flavored with vanilla extract; "he liked vanilla ice
             cream"
      2: plain and without any extras or adornments; "the most common
         type of bond is the straight or plain vanilla bond"; "the
         basic car is known as the vanilla version"
      n 1: any of numerous climbing plants of the genus Vanilla having
           fleshy leaves and clusters of large waxy highly fragrant
           white or green or topaz flowers
      2: a flavoring prepared from vanilla beans macerated in alcohol
         (or imitating vanilla beans) [syn: vanilla, vanilla
         extract]
      3: a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  vanilla
   adj.
  
      [from the default flavor of ice cream in the U.S.] Ordinary flavor,
      standard. When used of food, very often does not mean that the food is
      flavored with vanilla extract! For example, vanilla wonton soup means
      ordinary wonton soup, as opposed to hot-and-sour wonton soup. Applied to
      hardware and software, as in ?Vanilla Version 7 Unix can't run on a vanilla
      11/34.? Also used to orthogonalize chip nomenclature; for instance, a 74V00
      means what TI calls a 7400, as distinct from a 74LS00, etc. This word
      differs from canonical in that the latter means ?default?, whereas
      vanilla simply means ?ordinary?. For example, when hackers go on a {
      great-wall, hot-and-sour soup is the canonical soup to get (because that
      is what most of them usually order) even though it isn't the vanilla
      (wonton) soup.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  vanilla
  
     1. (Default flavour of ice cream in the US) Ordinary
     flavour, standard.  When used of food, very often does not
     mean that the food is flavoured with vanilla extract!  For
     example, "vanilla wonton soup" means ordinary wonton soup, as
     opposed to hot-and-sour wonton soup.  Applied to hardware and
     software, as in "Vanilla Version 7 Unix can't run on a
     vanilla PDP 11/34."  Also used to orthogonalise chip
     nomenclature; for instance, a 74V00 means what TI calls a
     7400, as distinct from a 74LS00, etc.  This word differs from
     canonical in that the latter means "default", whereas
     vanilla simply means "ordinary".  For example, when hackers go
     to a chinese restaurant, hot-and-sour wonton soup is the
     canonical wonton soup to get (because that is what most of
     them usually order) even though it isn't the vanilla wonton
     soup.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1994-11-04)
  
     2. Snobol4 by Catspaw, Inc. for MS-DOS.
  
     ftp://cs.arizona.edu/snobol4/vanilla.arc)">(ftp://cs.arizona.edu/snobol4/vanilla.arc).
  
     (1992-02-05)
  

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