tonka bean

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tonka bean

(tŏng′kə)
n.
1. A tropical South American tree (Dipteryx odorata) in the pea family, having pulpy, egg-shaped, one-seeded pods with fragrant seeds containing coumarin.
2. The seed of this tree, formerly widely used as a flavoring for food or tobacco. Extracts from tonka beans have been banned as food additives in the United States.

tonka bean (tängˑ·k bēnˑ),

n Latin name:
Dipteryx odorata; parts used: fruits, seeds; uses: antiemetic, antinausea, aphrodisiac, possible uses in treating lymphedema and cancer; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, patients taking anticoagulant medications; labeled as unsafe by the FDA. Also called
cumaru, tonka seed, tonquin bean, or
torquin bean.