star anise

noun

Definition of star anise

  1. :  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

1838

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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