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Valerian Tweet Definition of Valerian Like Definition of Valerian on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, Valerian (emperor))
  1. the Roman emperor, Publius Licinius Valerianus
vanilla Tweet Definition of vanilla Like Definition of vanilla on Facebook
noun
  1. (countable) Any tropical, climbing orchid of the genus Vanilla (especially Vanilla planifolia), bearing podlike fruit yielding an extract used in flavoring food or in perfumes.
  2. (countable) The fruit or bean of this orchid.
  3. (uncountable) The extract of this fruit.
  4. (uncountable) The distinctive fragrant flavour/flavor characteristic of vanilla extract.
You can tell that the secret ingredient missing from New Coke<small>TM</small> was vanilla, because certain South American economies collapsed when it was introduced, and miraculously revived when the old formula was used again.
  1. (uncountable) Any artificially produced homologue of vanilla extract, generally that produced from coal tar.
adjective
  1. Of or relating to vanilla.
vanilla bean
  1. Flavoured/flavored with vanilla or vanilla extract (whether natural or artificial).
vanilla ice cream'
  1. (colloquial) By association with vanilla as the "plain" flavour of ice cream: the standard, plain, default, unmodified, basic.
vanilla suit.
vegetable marrow Tweet Definition of vegetable marrow Like Definition of vegetable marrow on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, mostly, UK) the marrow squash
verbena Tweet Definition of verbena Like Definition of verbena on Facebook
noun
  1. A genus of herbaceous plants of which several species are extensively cultivated for the great beauty of their flowers; vervain.
veronica Tweet Definition of veronica Like Definition of veronica on Facebook
noun
  1. The image of Jesus's face believed to have been made on the cloth with which St Veronica wiped his face as he went to be crucified; or the cloth used for this.
    • 1973, Nicholas Monsarrat, The Kapillan of Malta:
    • :A veil that had wiped off the sweat of Christ? Who could possibly believe that? (") The only true Veronica of this century was the veronica of the matador " the classic slow swing of the cape before the bull"s face, imitating that holy wiping, mocking it.
      1. A devotional image of Jesus's face.
    • 1988, Anthony Burgess, Any Old Iron:
    • :He wiped the lady"s martini glass, having had some trouble with a kind of of lipstick, spat in it viciously, then washed it again.
      1. (context, bullfighting) A circular swinging movement of the cape.
    • 1973, Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow:
    • :The cougher makes a lunge. Slothrop sweeps aside, gives him a quick with his cape, sticks his foot out and trips the kid, who lies on the ground cursing
      1. (botany) A flower of the genus Veronica, usually having blue petals.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 871:
    • :meadows full of wildflowers that seemed to Kit enormous, violets as big as your hand, yellow lilies and blue you could shelter from the rain under
vetch Tweet Definition of vetch Like Definition of vetch on Facebook
noun (vetches)
  1. Any of several leguminous plants, of the genus Vicia, often grown as green manure and for their edible seeds.
viburnum Tweet Definition of viburnum Like Definition of viburnum on Facebook
noun
  1. any of many shrubs and trees, of the genus Viburnum, native to the Northern Hemisphere that have showy clusters of flowers
vine Tweet Definition of vine Like Definition of vine on Facebook
noun
  1. the climbing plant that produces grapes
  2. any plant of the genus Vitis
  3. by extension, any similar climbing or trailing plant
Viola Tweet Definition of Viola Like Definition of Viola on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female), from Latin "violet"
Violet Tweet Definition of Violet Like Definition of Violet on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female) from the English noun violet

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