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

Definition of anise

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

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The first glass tastes of the anise that floats on top, the next, poured 15 or 20 minutes later, is more lemony, with hints of blueberry, the last one is more grapefruit, and a more rounded, completely infused drink. Polly Campbell,, "Meet the super-fancy cocktails at this new bar in Walnut Hills," 20 June 2019 At once crispy and yielding and chewy, it was shot through with toasty walnuts and perfumed with anise seeds. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, "Venezuelan Sticky Buns > Regular Sticky Buns, Always and Forever," 13 June 2019 There are usually other ingredients in the mix — like anise, fennel seed, cumin, cardamom and citrus peels — but the caraway or dill must be the lead botanical. Jason Wilson, New York Times, "Jump-Starting the Aquavit Renaissance," 13 Mar. 2018 Some Baijiu tastes a bit like tropical fruit, peppercorn and anise, others like chocolate or soy sauce. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "World’s Most Consumed Liquor Tries to Make It in the U.S.," 14 Oct. 2018 Espadín mezcal stands in for tequila, backed up by bittersweet Cocchi Americano, grapefruit juice and the honey-anise liqueur xtabentún. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Where to Find the Most Remarkable Margaritas in San Antonio," 19 Oct. 2018 The richness of the Sicilian amaro and brown sugar are countered by citrus, giving way to a hint of roasted coffee with a zippy finish of anise and aromatic bitters. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Holiday Punch Recipes That Will *Make* Your Next Party," 23 Nov. 2016 Tangerine, fig, caramel and a slight note of anise commingle in this dark amber PX from Montilla-Moriles. Michael Austin,, "How to enjoy Pedro Ximenez sherry," 18 Apr. 2018 This Lodi wine was bursting with incense, raspberry, smoke, herbs, baking spices, jammy dark berries, anise and black pepper. Michael Austin,, "15 zinfandels to drink with whatever meat you're grilling," 23 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of anise

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


an·​ise | \ ˈan-əs How to pronounce anise (audio) \

Medical Definition of anise

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

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