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

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Recent Examples on the Web Fennel is like celery that’s done some push-ups, with an anise-ish flavor that elevates everything else. Katie Workman, NBC News, "Move over, chicken noodle. Here are 6 twists on chicken soup you'll love," 6 Jan. 2020 Add the anise seed and mix on low just until distributed. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "New Mexico’s biscochitos are sugar and spice and everything nice," 2 Dec. 2019 Early reviews raved about everything from Posey’s brownies and cookies to the fig-anise panini rolls to the sandwiches made, of course, using fresh-baked bread. oregonlive, "One of Portland’s oldest and best bakeries is closing," 2 Dec. 2019 Sercarz, who owns the New York City spice shop La Boîte, transforms classics—adding a spice blend of dill, fennel and mustard to chicken soup or anise, coffee beans, allspice and black peppercorns to brownies. Andrea Michelson, Smithsonian, "The Ten Best Books About Food of 2019," 26 Nov. 2019 Also available in cinnamon and anise flavors, the toothpaste doesn’t foam up like traditional toothpastes. Braelyn Wood,, "Olivia Wilde's Secret for Whiter Teeth Is This $6 Toothpaste from Walmart," 22 Nov. 2019 In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, cayenne, anise seeds, and salt., "Colombian Braised Beef (Posta Negra)," 23 Oct. 2019 Many licorice flavored products made in the United States are made with anise oil, which has the same smell and taste according to the FDA. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Eating too much black licorice can be dangerous. Should you be worried this Halloween?," 31 Oct. 2019 Sample pan de muerto, or bread of the dead, a sweet loaf often featuring anise seeds and decorated with bones and skulls made from dough. National Geographic, "November hot list: 5 essential experiences," 28 Oct. 2019

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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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24 Jan 2020

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“Anise.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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