Definition of fennel
1 : a perennial Eurasian herb (Foeniculum vulgare) that has clusters of small yellow flowers and aromatic leaves and seeds and includes several cultivated forms: such asa : one (F. vulgare dulce) grown especially for its edible leaves and seeds that are used as a seasoningb : florence fennel
2 : the edible parts (such as the seeds and leaves) of fennel
Recent Examples of fennel from the Web
The dessert round took on a new flavor when the secret ingredients were revealed: Rice Krispie treats, strawberries, Spam and fennel.
Think broccoli, raisin and carrot, or carrot, snow pea and radish, or radish, jicama and apple, or apple, fennel and cabbage, or cabbage, carrot and scallion, or scallion, edamame and bacon.
The parsley worm, which grows up to be the Eastern black swallowtail, feeds on parsley, dill and fennel.
Think those chicken legs could use some ground fennel?
Twisty busiate pasta mingle with clams and fennel sausage, and coin-size corzetti are pretty much upstaged by pieces of tender baby octopus.
For his fennel salad, a staple on the Altro Paradiso menu, Mattos started by breaking up a handful of Castelvetrano olives.
Oprah's #HarvestDay Speaking of Oprah and her garden, in a recent Instagram post, the media mogul mistakenly referred to fennel plants as dill weed.
In the beautiful hill town, Paul succumbs to Brunello, savory mushrooms and wild boar with fennel.
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Did You Know?
A perennial aromatic herb of the parsley family, fennel is native to southern Europe and Asia Minor and cultivated in the US, Britain, and temperate areas of Eurasia. The blanched shoots are eaten as a vegetable. The greenish brown to yellowish brown oblong-oval seeds smell and taste similar to anise. The seeds and extracted oil are used for scenting soaps and perfumes and for flavoring candies, liqueurs, medicines, and foods, particularly pastries, sweet pickles, and fish.
Origin and Etymology of fennel
Middle English fenel, from Old English finugl, from Vulgar Latin *fenuculum, from Latin feniculum fennel, irregular diminutive of fenum hay
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Medical Definition of fennel
: a perennial European herb (Foeniculum vulgare) of the carrot family (Umbelliferae) introduced into North America and cultivated for its aromatic seeds and its foliage
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