star anise


: the small brown star-shaped pungent fruit of a Chinese and Vietnamese tree (Illicium verum) that has a flavor similar to but stronger than anise and is dried and used whole or ground as a spice especially in Chinese cooking

Examples of star anise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Step 2 To a medium pot, add the pineapple, sugar, brown sugar, salt, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise. Yi Jun Loh, Saveur, 8 Feb. 2024 Stir in ginger, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, star anise, cinnamon sticks and salt and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 The beef fans out into shreds between your teeth as star anise, cardamom, lemongrass, galangal and other spices tingle your tongue and nose with peppery and vaguely floral notes. The Indianapolis Star, 25 Jan. 2024 Instructions Step 1 Make the mala spice mix: In a medium wok or skillet set over medium-low heat, toast the chiles, cumin, fennel, cloves, cardamom, and star anise until fragrant, 3–4 minutes. Jing Gao, Saveur, 31 Jan. 2024 And Ko’s Mulled Pomegranate Juice, flavored with cinnamon, allspice and star anise, is a perfect warm drink for cold winter nights. Julie Giuffrida, Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2024 Using a wide, shallow spoon, skim excess fat from surface of sauce and remove ginger, star anise and cinnamon sticks. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 Stir 2 ½ cups soy sauce, 2 (5-inch) cinnamon sticks, 3 star anise, ¼ cup coriander seeds, and 1 ½ tsp. Matt and Ted Lee, Southern Living, 31 Dec. 2023 George nearly smiles and pours me a shot of ouzo, a Greek aperitif flavored with star anise. Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of star anise was in 1838

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“Star anise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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