ANISE

anise, aniseed, anise seed

(noun) liquorice-flavored seeds, used medicinally and in cooking and liquors

anise, anise plant, Pimpinella anisum

(noun) native to Egypt but cultivated widely for its aromatic seeds and the oil from them used medicinally and as a flavoring in cookery

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

anise (countable and uncountable, plural anises)

An umbelliferous plant (Pimpinella anisum) growing naturally in Egypt, and cultivated in Spain, Malta, etc, for its carminative and aromatic seeds, which are used as a spice. It has a licorice scent.

(US, often qualified as "sweet anise" or "wild anise") Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare.

Usage notes

• Although fennel is sometimes referred to as anise (even in books), such usage is considered incorrect and leads to confusion with true anise.

Anagrams

• Aisne, IESNA, Saine, Siena, asine, isnae

Source: Wiktionary


An"ise, n. Etym: [OE. anys, F. anis, L. anisum, anethum, fr. Gr.

1. (Bot.)

Definition: An umbelliferous plant (Pimpinella anisum) growing naturally in Egypt, and cultivated in Spain, Malta, etc., for its carminative and aromatic seeds.

2. The fruit or seeds of this plant.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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