Anise Definition

ănĭs
noun
An annual, aromatic Mediterranean herb (Pimpinella anisum) in the parsley family, cultivated for its seedlike fruits and the oil obtained from them.
American Heritage
A plant (Pimpinella anisum) of the umbel family, with small, white or yellow flowers.
Webster's New World
Its fragrant seed, used for flavoring and as a medicine for expelling intestinal gas.
Webster's New World
An annual, aromatic Mediterranean herb ( Pimpinella anisum ) in the parsley family, cultivated for its seedlike fruits and the oil obtained from them.
American Heritage Medicine
The seedlike fruit of this plant, used to flavor foods, liqueurs, and candies.
American Heritage Medicine
Synonyms:
  • Pimpinella anisum
  • anise plant
  • aniseed
  • anise seed
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Other Word Forms of Anise

Noun

Singular:
anise
Plural:
anises

Origin of Anise

  • Middle English anis from Old French from Latin anīsum from Greek annēson, annīson

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French anis, from Latin anīsum, from Ancient Greek ἄνισον (anison).

    From Wiktionary

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