an·​ise | \ ˈa-nəs How to pronounce anise (audio) also ə-ˈnēs \

Definition of anise

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The finish is long and delicately drying with a hint of anise. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Here's when Old Forester's 20th Birthday Bourbon will be released," 24 June 2020 It’s one of the best places to try New Mexican cuisine using ingredients like hatch green chiles, anise, and pine nuts, all of which grow plentifully here. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Road Trips in America," 22 June 2020 Our Sweet Gin Symphony and Conquistador gin and tonic both look to anise for a fall note—garnishing with whole star anise makes for a festive presentation. Saveur, "Cold-Weather Gin Cocktails," 23 Oct. 2012 French chef James Beard was well-known for his love of tarragon, a leafy green herb with a distinctive anise flavor. cleveland, "Fresh, flavorful herbs are always at the ready in a kitchen garden," 1 June 2020 The resulting rum is smooth and tastes of anise, fennel, and sugar cane. Sunset Magazine, "Build the Ultimate Bar Cart with These Award-Winning Spirits," 12 Apr. 2020 Also known as Florence fennel, finocchio, or sweet anise, this member of the parsley family has a bulbous base, celery-like stalks, and feathery fronds (leaves) resembling dill weed. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Fennel: Spring vegetable packs a punch of vitamins A and C," 21 Mar. 2020 Our top wine, from De Forville, was a classic Barbaresco of the old school, with beautiful floral and anise flavors and an earthy minerality. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "2014 Barbarescos: Triumphs and Question Marks," 8 Feb. 2018 The gloves contain a moisturizer that is made out of lemons, olives, anise and shea butter. Alicia Kortendick, cleveland, "How to repair your dry skin from hand-washing and hand sanitizers," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of anise

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anise

Middle English anis, from Anglo-French, from Latin anisum, from Greek annēson, anison

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The first known use of anise was in the 14th century

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30 Jun 2020

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“Anise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of anise

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


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Medical Definition of anise

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

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