adjective an·isey \ˈa-nə-sē\

Definition of anisey

  1. :  of, relating to, or resembling anise :  having a smell or taste similar to that of fennel or licorice In the South of France the basil plants are bushy, with very small green leaves; these have a stronger, more anisey flavor than the larger leaf plants. — Martha Rose Shulman, Gourmet Vegetarian Feasts, 1987 Whereas fennel is slightly anisey with a bitter note, cumin is penetratingly earthy with a sour overtone. — Alice Arndt, Seasoning Savvy: How to Cook with Herbs, Spices, and Other Flavorings, 1999 We gnawed so much fennel that to this day I gag at a whiff of that anisey smell, even a pinch flavoring a stew. — Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae, 2005

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Origin and Etymology of anisey

anise + 1-y

First Known Use: 1968

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