Definition of anise
: a Eurasian annual herb (Pimpinella anisum) of the carrot family having carminative and aromatic seeds; also : aniseed
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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.
Herbs such as basil, bee balm, hyssop (anise), mints, sage, and thyme are examples of bee favorites.
Like many of his drinks, the Negroni del Sur marries international flavors and authentically Argentine ingredients (think homemade vermouth plus Malbec, spiced with anise, cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon).
Bring 5 cups water, 6 star-anise pods, 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes.
The finished drink has a light red hue and complex, herbal-anise flavor.
The chile sauce is house-made, too, as is the tianmianjiang limned with a proprietary blend of 13 spices, most pronounced among them cinnamon and star 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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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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