: 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

Word History


anise + -y entry 1

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anisey was in 1968

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“Anisey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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