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

First Known Use of star anise

1838


STAR ANISE Defined for English Language Learners

star anise

noun

Definition of star anise for English Language Learners

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


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