Star Anise Definition

noun
An aromatic evergreen tree (Illicium verum) cultivated in China and Vietnam, having star-shaped anise-scented fruits that yield an essential oil used as a flavoring and in the manufacture of certain drugs.
American Heritage Medicine
The dried fruit of this plant, used ground or whole in Asian cooking.
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Synonyms:
  • Illicium verum
  • chinese-anise
  • Illicium anisatum
  • star aniseed
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Other Word Forms of Star Anise

Noun

Singular:
star anise
Plural:
star-anises

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