Fennel meaning

fĕnəl
A variety of fennel whose seeds are used as flavoring.
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A variety of fennel whose bulbous, celerylike stalks are eaten as a vegetable.
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A tall herb (Foeniculum vulgare) of the umbel family, with feathery leaves and yellow flowers: its foliage and aromatic seeds are used to flavor foods and medicines.
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A plant, Foeniculum vulgare, of the parsley family, which has a sweet, anise-like flavor.
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The bulb, leaves, or stalks of the plant, eaten as a vegetable.
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The seeds of the fennel plant used as a spice in cooking.
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Origin of fennel

  • 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

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary