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anise

[an-is] /ˈæn ɪs/
noun
1.
a Mediterranean plant, Pimpinella anisum, of the parsley family, having loose umbrels of small yellowish-white flowers that yield aniseed.
2.
Origin of anise
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English anis < Old French < Latin anīsum < Greek ánīson
Related forms
anisic
[uh-nis-ik] /əˈnɪs ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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anise

/ˈænɪs/
noun
1.
a Mediterranean umbelliferous plant, Pimpinella anisum, having clusters of small yellowish-white flowers and liquorice-flavoured seeds See aniseed
Word Origin
C13: from Old French anis, via Latin from Greek anison
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Word Origin and History for anise
n.

Levantine plant cultivated for its seeds, which were important sources of chemical oils and flavoring, c.1300, from Old French anis (13c.), from Latin anisum, from Greek anison. By the Ancients, somewhat confused with dill.

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