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 Basmati rice grown in the Himalayan foothills is the base for this silky Indian vodka, distilled five times in a certified carbon-neutral facility, then infused with aniseed for rich flavor. Betsy Andrews, WSJ, 18 Dec. 2021 Baked apples and oak hit first but then takes an herbal and fragrant turn towards aniseed, fennel, and celery dipped in peanut butter. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 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,, 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, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 10 May 2019 See More

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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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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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