American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An aromatic eastern Asian evergreen tree (Illicium verum) having purple-red flowers and starlike clusters of anise-scented fruit.
- n. The fruit of this plant, used in Asian cooking and medicine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The aromatic fruit of a Chinese shrub or small tree long supposed to be the Illicium anisatum of Linnæus, but recently determined to be a distinct species, I. verum (named by J. D. Hooker). The fruit is a stellate capsule of commonly eight carpels, each of which contains a single brown shining seed. The seeds contain four per cent. of a volatile oil with the odor and flavor of aniseed. or rather of fennel. Star-anise is used in China as a condiment and spice, and in continental Europe to flavor liquors. Also
- n. The tree which yields star-anise.
- n. A plant, Illicium verum, used primarily for its star-shaped seed which resembles anise in scent and flavor, and which is used as a spice. Valued for its decorative shape as well as its flavor. Also used commercially as a source of shikimic acid for the production of Tamiflu.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) any plant of the genus Illicium; -- so called from its star-shaped capsules.
- n. anise-scented star-shaped fruit or seed used in Asian cooking and medicine
- n. small shrubby tree of Japan and Taiwan; flowers are not fragrant
- n. small tree of China and Vietnam bearing anise-scented star-shaped fruit used in food and medicinally as a carminative
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