Definition of anise
: a Eurasian annual herb (Pimpinella anisum) of the carrot family having carminative and aromatic seeds; also : aniseed
Recent Examples of anise from the Web
Pear, apple, butter, apricot, anise and honey characterized this creamy, mouth-coating wine, which also had a touch of citrus on the finish.
Herbs: Anise, basil, bay laurel, chives, dill, ginger, marjoram, mint, oregano, sage and thyme.
From an intensely cool vineyard in the southern reaches of the Russian River Valley, this wine has gorgeous aromas of pink peppercorn, currant, plum and anise.
At the fake Sheraton in Irbil, the second floor hotel features a Chinese restaurant, where short-order Kurdish cooks interpret Chinese food through their own prism of anise.
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Origin and Etymology of anise
Middle English anis, from Anglo-French, from Latin anisum, from Greek annēson, anison
First Known Use: 14th century
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Definition of anise for English Language Learners
: a plant with seeds that are used in cooking and to flavor candies and alcoholic drinks
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