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star anise

noun

Simple Definition of star anise

  • : a small brown star-shaped fruit that is dried and used as a spice especially in Chinese cooking

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of star anise

  1. :  the small brown star-shaped pungent fruit of a Chinese and Vietnamese tree (Illicium verum) that has a flavor similar to but stronger than anise and is dried and used whole or ground as a spice especially in Chinese cooking

1838

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1838


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