- a plant (Pimpinella anisum) of the umbel family, with small, white or yellow flowers
- its fragrant seed, used for flavoring and as a medicine for expelling intestinal gas
Origin of aniseMiddle English and amp; Old French anis ; from Classical Latin anisum ; from Classical Greek anison
- An annual, aromatic Mediterranean herb (Pimpinella anisum) in the parsley family, cultivated for its seedlike fruits and the oil obtained from them.
- The seedlike fruit of this plant, used to flavor foods, liqueurs, and candies. Also called aniseed.
Origin of aniseMiddle English anis, from Old French, from Latin an&imacron;sum, from Greek ann&emacron;son, ann&imacron;son.
- Although fennel is widely referred to as anise (even in books and articles), such usage is considered incorrect by many.