from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An aromatic evergreen tree (Illicium verum) cultivated in China and Vietnam, having star-shaped anise-scented fruits that yield an essential oil used as a flavoring and in the manufacture of certain drugs.
- noun The dried fruit of this plant, used ground or whole in Asian cooking.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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).
- noun The tree which yields star-anise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A plant, Illicium verum, used primarily for its
star-shaped seed which resembles anisein 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 acidfor the production of Tamiflu.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun anise-scented star-shaped fruit or seed used in Asian cooking and medicine
- noun small shrubby tree of Japan and Taiwan; flowers are not fragrant
- noun small tree of China and Vietnam bearing anise-scented star-shaped fruit used in food and medicinally as a carminative
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