- common fennel
Other Word Forms of Fennel
Origin of Fennel
From the Middle English fenel, from the Old English finuᵹl, finule (weak feminine forms); fenol, finul (masculine forms), from Old French fenoil, from the Vulgar Latin fēnuclum, fēnoclum, fēnuculum, from the Classical Latin faeniculum, a diminutive form of faenum (“hay”); compare the Italian finocchio, the Occitan fenolh, the French fenouil, and the Spanish hinojo.
Middle English fenel from Old English fenol from Latin fēnuculum variant of faeniculum diminutive of faenum, fēnum hay dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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