ani·​seed | \ ˈa-nə(s)-ˌsēd How to pronounce aniseed (audio) \

Definition of aniseed

: the seed of anise often used as a flavoring in liqueurs and in cooking

Examples of aniseed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s an apt description of the 2018 Bohan-Dillon, which recalls raspberry, pine needles and aniseed, and whose bright, expressive fruit flavors are countered with a pleasant bitterness. Esther Mobley,, "An ‘entry-level’ Sonoma Pinot Noir that punches way above its weight," 4 Nov. 2020 But in the evenings, relatives and friends would come to visit — everyone would be glued to the TV — and there was always cardamom coffee and malateet or makarona (savory or sweet aniseed crackers) on the coffee table. Reem Kassis, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Why we cook when the world doesn’t make sense," 24 Apr. 2020 Some of these were fairly mainstream, like pink grapefruit and chamomile; others were more recherché, like aniseed and cassia; and one, Grains of Paradise, sounded like a gnarly and sardonic rock band from Hawaii. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Intoxicating History of Gin," 2 Dec. 2019 On the primi side of things, penne with broccoli rabe included abundant chunks of a sausage rewardingly strong on the fennel-aniseed flavor. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: There’s a lot to like at La Figata in Granby... and a few disappointments," 25 Oct. 2019 Finish your meals with a chupito (shot) of hierbas ibicencas—a savory-sweet liqueur blended with wild herbs and aniseed. National Geographic, "Ibiza beyond the clubs: 10 can’t-miss experiences," 16 Aug. 2019 For this first go-around, the machines evidently poured over infinite iterations to help Mackmyra create AI Whisky, a golden yellow single-malt with herbal notes of aniseed, ginger, and white pepper and a citrusy, spicy mouth with a dry finish. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Here Comes the World’s First AI-Generated Whisky," 10 May 2019 The wheat dough Nilsson is working with includes golden syrup, aniseed, fennel seeds and coriander seeds. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "Magnus Nilsson’s ‘The Nordic Baking Book’ is a Bible for Bakers," 12 Oct. 2018 McCormick also roasted small cubes of eggplant and glazed it with a mixture of orange and lemon juice, honey, aniseed, and orange zest for brightness and sweetness. Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader, "Food & Drink / Key Ingredient Watch a Beacon Tavern chef make eggplant cake for a sweet-savory dessert," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of aniseed

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aniseed

Middle English anis seed, from anis + seed

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“Aniseed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aniseed

: the seed of the anise plant


variants: also aniseseed \ ˈan-​ə(s)-​ˌsēd How to pronounce aniseed (audio) \

Medical Definition of aniseed

: the seed of anise often used as a flavoring in liqueurs and in cooking

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