Illicium

noun

Il·​lici·​um i-ˈlis(h)-ē-əm How to pronounce Illicium (audio)
: a small genus of evergreen trees of the magnolia family (Magnoliaceae) that have aromatic persistent leaves and yellow or purplish flowers and include one (I. verum) whose fruit is the source of star anise oil

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“Illicium.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Illicium. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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