noun \ˈa-nəs\

: a plant with seeds that are used in cooking and to flavor candies and alcoholic drinks

Full Definition of ANISE

:  a Eurasian annual herb (Pimpinella anisum) of the carrot family having carminative and aromatic seeds; also :  aniseed

Origin of ANISE

Middle English anis, from Anglo-French, from Latin anisum, from Greek annēson, anison
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

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noun \ˈan-əs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ANISE

: an herb (Pimpinella anisum) of the family Umbelliferae having carminative and aromatic seeds; also : aniseed


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Annual herb (Pimpinella anisum) of the parsley family, cultivated chiefly for its fruit, called aniseed, which tastes like licorice. Native to Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean region, anise is cultivated throughout the world. Aniseed is used as a flavouring and as a soothing herbal tea. Star anise is the dried fruit of the evergreen tree Illicium verum (magnolia family), native to southeastern China and Vietnam. Its flavour and uses are similar to those of anise.


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