star anise

noun

Definition of 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

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Add garlic, ginger, five-spice powder, star anise and cinnamon and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Five-Spice Beef Stew," 3 Jan. 2018 For something on the lighter side, there’s an excellent sesame-cucumber salad, or the Mr. Peanut and Mrs. Edamame, an addictive bowl of both legumes, boiled in their shells and strewn with whole star anise and thick peels of ginger. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "At Le Sia, Find Nirvana in Crawfish Domination," 4 June 2017 Meanwhile, in small saucepan, combine cider, vinegar, cinnamon, star anise, and ginger. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Cider-Glazed Pork and Apples," 22 Sep. 2015 The spirit is distilled from Kansas wheat and steeped with grand and Roman wormwood, fennel, star anise, hyssop, spearmint, peppermint, melissa leaf (lemon balm), chamomile and hibiscus. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018 The spirit is distilled from Kansas wheat and steeped with grand and Roman wormwood, fennel, star anise, hyssop, spearmint, peppermint, melissa leaf (lemon balm), chamomile and hibiscus. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018 Cotechino, the normally girthy New Year's sausage, comes bratwurst size, sliced on the bias, and served atop creamy cannellini beans, its grind redolent of orange, nutmeg, burnt cinnamon, and star anise. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Saba is stealthy Italian that might surprise traditionalists," 31 May 2018 Sweetness leaches from rock sugar, goji berries, star anise, cloves, cinnamon and licorice — the scents alone stir the palate — and is held in check by heat, conjured by doubanjiang, dried red chiles and Sichuan peppercorns for a low-level buzz. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Ho Foods, a Noodle Soup That Nourishes and Transports," 19 Apr. 2018 Five spice — This powder is made of ground cumin, star anise, cinnamon, peppercorns and cloves, and is used heavily in meat dishes as a dry rub or part of a marinade. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "How to shop Asian grocery stores and stock your pantry," 1 Mar. 2018

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1838, in the meaning defined above

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star anise

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: a small brown star-shaped fruit that is dried and used as a spice especially in Chinese cooking

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