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 For example, his version of a Tequila Sunrise includes Mexican anise liqueur, color-changing butterfly pea flower and a strawberry-hibiscus shrub. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 10 June 2021 One of the brand’s notable soy pastes is mixed in with miso paste for a smooth and pourable umami burst; another variety, which contains mirin and licorice, has subtle notes of chocolate and anise. New York Times, 27 May 2021 The fennel lends the herbaceous anise element the absinthe would have delivered, while the fresh cara cara orange juice ties all the flavors together with a spring-summer bow. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 11 May 2021 For most people in the U.S., absinthe’s predominant bitter flavors of anise, fennel, and licorice are unfamiliar, if not altogether unappealing. John Debary, Bon Appétit, 23 Apr. 2021 Though lumped together with anise at times (the pair are the predominant flavors in absinthe), fennel is its own distinct vegetable. Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2021 The second section is comprised of cobbler cocktails made with homemade jams including an orange, pineapple and clove jam and a cherry and anise variety. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 14 May 2021 Excellent integration between fruit, acidity and layered tannins provides a deeply scrumptious mid palate of profound fruit and a rich, enduring finish with a lick of anise. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Hint of anise, touch of ginger, and then that nutty flavor. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 30 Apr. 2021

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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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19 Jun 2021

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“Anise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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