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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An annual, aromatic Mediterranean herb (Pimpinella anisum) in the parsley family, cultivated for its seedlike fruits and the oil obtained from them and used to flavor foods, liqueurs, and candies.
  • n. Anise seed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An umbelliferous plant (Pimpinella anisum) growing naturally in Egypt, and cultivated in Spain, Malta, etc., for its carminative and aromatic seeds, which are used as a spice. Has a licorice scent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An umbelliferous plant (Pimpinella anisum) growing naturally in Egypt, and cultivated in Spain, Malta, etc., for its carminative and aromatic seeds.
  • n. The fruit or seeds of this plant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An annual umbelliferous plant, P'impinella Anisum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. liquorice-flavored seeds, used medicinally and in cooking and liquors
  • n. native to Egypt but cultivated widely for its aromatic seeds and the oil from them used medicinally and as a flavoring in cookery

Etymologies

Middle English anis, from Old French, from Latin anīsum, from Greek annēson, annīson.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French anis, from Latin anīsum, from Ancient Greek ἄνισον (anison). (Wiktionary)

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