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

  • n. A variety of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce) whose blanched aromatic, celerylike stalks are eaten as a vegetable. Also called Florence fennel, sweet fennel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fennel cultivar with a bulb-like structure at its base, used as a vegetable; Florence fennel (Foeniculum vulgare var. azoricum).
  • n. A male homosexual. (in β-forms, rare) A lesbian.

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  • n. aromatic bulbous stem base eaten cooked or raw in salads


Italian, from Latin fēniculum, fennel, diminutive of faenum, fēnum, hay; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Italian finocchio ("fennel”, (derogatory): “male homosexual"). (Wiktionary)



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  • I'm dying to hear Nick Cave's gothic finocchio ode of woe.

    April 19, 2008

  • Really, Pro--you don't have to. ;-)

    April 18, 2008

  • So now I should quote, let's say, Nick Cave.

    April 18, 2008

  • It's used in the second sense often. Consider the lyrics of the brilliant song La Legge Giusta:
    Un giorno sul ponte di Messina
    Passeremo con le jeep
    E ricorderai che non si scherza
    con chi decide e chi comanda
    Con i tuoi amici marocchini
    E quei finocchi intellettuali
    Farete meglio a stare zitti
    Se tenete alla vostra testa
    - La Legge Giusta, Modena City Ramblers. Finocchi's at about 2:41 on the video if you're listening.

    April 18, 2008

  • when has it been used in the second sense?

    April 18, 2008

  • Believe me, there is a reason.

    April 18, 2008

  • Italian - 1. fennel; 2. queer, gay, poof.

    April 18, 2008