Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The modified dorsal fin on the head of anglerfish, acting as a lure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of Asiatic and American magnoliaceous trees, having star-shaped fruit; star anise. The fruit of Illicium anisatum is used as a spice in India, and its oil is largely used in Europe for flavoring cordials, being almost identical with true oil of anise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of eastern Asiatic and American evergreen shrubs, belonging to the natural order Magnoliace√¶.

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

  • n. anise trees: evergreen trees with aromatic leaves

Etymologies

Latin illicio ("entice") (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Hmmmmm. Look at all those semi-foreign words above: globose, illicium, gelatinous -- all of a sudden I got me a hankerin 'for some Arby's.

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  • They possess an illicium and esca; the former being a modified dorsal spine-the "fishing rod" - and the latter being the bulbous, bioluminescent "fishing lure".

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