noun \ˈfe-nəl\

: a garden plant that is grown for its seeds, stems, and leaves

Full Definition of FENNEL

:  a perennial European herb (Foeniculum vulgare) of the carrot family having two cultivated forms:
a :  the commonly cultivated form (F. vulgare dulce) having aromatic leaves and seeds
b :  Florence fennel

Origin of FENNEL

Middle English fenel, from Old English finugl, from Vulgar Latin *fenuculum, from Latin feniculum fennel, irregular diminutive of fenum hay
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with FENNEL


noun \ˈfen-əl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FENNEL

: a perennial European herb (Foeniculum vulgare) of the carrot family (Umbelliferae) introduced into North America and cultivated for its aromatic seeds and its foliage


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Perennial or biennial aromatic herb (Foeniculum vulgare) of the parsley family, native to southern Europe and Asia Minor and widely cultivated. The greenish brown to yellowish brown oblong oval seeds smell and taste similar to anise. The seeds and extracted oil are used for scenting soaps and perfumes and for flavouring candies, liqueurs, medicines, and foods, particularly pastries, sweet pickles, and fish. The thickened base of Florence fennel (F. vulgare dulce) is eaten as a vegetable.


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