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

Examples of anise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is a bit of citrus, along with tobacco, new leather boot smell, spicy tannin and a bit of anise. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 25 July 2022 For hundreds of years, people have been soaking such ingredients as anise seeds, cinnamon bark and orange peel in clear alcohol, to extract the flavors and scents. The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 June 2022 Ca’ La Bionda - Ripe aromas of maraschino cherry, fig and anise. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 15 July 2022 While the nose is centered on plush berries, plums, and bing cherries, wild violets and stone fruit blossoms surround the periphery, as do tiny hints of cinnamon and anise. Sunset Magazine, 13 May 2022 Made by a pair of brothers in the volcanic soils of Soave, this is a round and mouth-filling wine bursting with yellow apples, lemon merangue and a hint of anise. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 30 June 2022 Tasting notes include fruitcake, baking spice and orange marmalade on the nose, with a mixture of cherry, tobacco, mint and a touch of anise on the palate. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 14 June 2022 With an intense aroma of black and red fruits and just a hint of anise, this lovely drinking wine tastes of opulence with a long, lingering finish. Jeanette Hurt, Forbes, 7 May 2022 One good native to mix in with daylilies is vertical growing native blazing stars or native anise hyssop Agastache foeniculum. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2022 See More

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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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“Anise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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