a variety of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce), cooked as a vegetable: its thick, celerylike, anise-flavored stalks are also eaten raw
Origin of finocchioItalian ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form fenuculum ; from Classical Latin feniculum, fennel
Origin of finocchioItalian, from Latin f&emacron;niculum, fennel, diminutive of faenum, f&emacron;num, hay; see dh&emacron;(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(plural finocchi or finocchios)
From the Italian finocchio (“fennel”, (derogatory): “male homosexual”).