anisey

adjective
an·​isey | \ ˈa-nə-sē \

Definition of anisey

: 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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First Known Use of anisey

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anisey

anise + -y entry 1

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“Anisey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anisey. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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