An example of fennel.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English fenel ; from Old English finul ; from Classical Latin faeniculum, diminutive of faenum, earlier fenum, hay
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- A Eurasian plant (Foeniculum vulgare) having pinnate leaves, clusters of small yellow flowers grouped in umbels, and aromatic seeds used as flavoring.
- The edible seeds or stalks of this plant.
Origin: Middle English fenel, from Old English fenol, from Latin fēnuculum, variant of faeniculum, diminutive of faenum, fēnum, hay; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.