American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A Eurasian plant (Foeniculum vulgare) having pinnate leaves, clusters of small yellow flowers grouped in umbels, and aromatic seeds used as flavoring.
- n. The edible seeds or stalks of this plant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An aromatic umbelliferous plant, Fœniculum vulgare, a native of southern Europe and common in cultivation. It is a tall, glaucous herb with decompound leaves, yellow flowers, an agreeable odor, and sweet aromatic taste. Several varieties are extensively cultivated in Europe, America, and India for their seeds, which are used in medicine as a carminative and stimulant. The chief consumption, however, is in veterinary practice. The oil distilled from the seeds is used in the manufacture of cordials.
- n. A name of certain plants of other genera. See below.
- n. A plant, Foeniculum vulgare, of the parsley family.
- n. The bulb, leaves, or stalks of the plant, eaten as a vegetable.
- n. The seeds of the fennel plant used as a spice in cooking.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A perennial plant of the genus Fæniculum (Fæniculum vulgare), having very finely divided leaves. It is cultivated in gardens for the agreeable aromatic flavor of its seeds.
- n. aromatic bulbous stem base eaten cooked or raw in salads
- n. any of several aromatic herbs having edible seeds and leaves and stems
- n. fennel seeds are ground and used as a spice or as an ingredient of a spice mixture
- n. leaves used for seasoning
- From the Middle English fenel, from the Old English finuᵹl, finule (weak feminine forms); fenol, finul (masculine forms), from the Vulgar Latin fēnuclum, fēnoclum, fenuculum, from the Classical Latin faeniculum, a diminutive form of faenum ("hay"); compare the Italian finocchio, the Occitan fenolh, the Old French fenoil (whence the Modern French fenouil), and the Spanish hinojo. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English fenel, from Old English fenol, from Latin fēnuculum, variant of faeniculum, diminutive of faenum, fēnum, hay. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I have tried telling her that she might want to call it "fennel", but to no avail.”
“Cook, stirring frequently, until the fennel is golden brown and almost done.”
“Cover, reduce the heat and simmer until the fennel is tender.”
“It makes sense the Spaniards would have brought in fennel as it is widely used around the mediterranean.”
“Hmm. The plant that we would call fennel is called anisillo (at least here in Michoacán).”
“There were vegetarian beggars purses filled with wild mushrooms, artichokes and tomato; bits of sausage and artichokes on skewers; bruschetta with goat cheese, tomato and basil; baby paninis or crostini and scooped out wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano filled with knobs of the cheese on one side and olives that had been marinated in fennel and lemon and orange peels on the other.”
“Sauté the onions, fennel bulb, fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, salt, and freshly ground black pepper in 1/4 cup olive oil until the fennel is tender, about 15 minutes.”
“Peter, at least on the island, fennel is a very commonly used herb and is grown in most kitchen gardens.”
“Maria V said ... fennel leaves have been used in crete since time immemorial - just think of marathopites, and the way they are made, and you will understand why fennel is considered an 'old' ingredient”
“I don't think fennel is the most photogenic of vegetables, but your photo is beautiful.”
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