- a plant, Foeniculum vulgare, of the parsley family, having feathery leaves and umbels of small, yellow flowers.
- Also fennel seed. the aromatic fruits of this plant, used in cookery and medicine.
- any of various more or less similar plants, as Ferula communis (giant fennel), a tall, ornamental plant.
Origin of fennel
Examples from the Web for fennel
At first, the taste is bright and mostly of fennel, then it slides into anise, and then fades away with a minty finish.The Absinthe-Minded Porteños of Buenos Aires
March 10, 2014
Trim the fennel bulbs, cut lengthwise in half, and cut out most of the core.
Spoon a little of the mixture, with the fennel seeds and pepper, over the top of each one, and set aside.
Set out bowls of the sauce for dipping, or let guests spoon it over their chicken and fennel.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the buttermilk, Tabasco sauce, fennel seeds, and black pepper.
Fennel, for instance, emblemised flattery, and columbine ingratitude.Storyology
Fennel is sometimes propagated by a division of the roots and by offsets.The Field and Garden Vegetables of America
Follow me then; and on your love for Fennel, see nothing of the way in which I lead you.
"Allan-a-Dale and Fennel shall go with you, dear heart," said Robin.
Then they chew thyme or rock-parsley or fennel, or rub their hands with these plants.The City of the Sun
Word Origin and History for fennel
Old English fenol, finul, perhaps via (or influenced by) Old French fenoil or directly from Vulgar Latin fenuculum, from Latin feniculum, diminutive of fenum, faenum "hay," probably literally "produce" (see fecund). Apparently so called from its hay-like appearance and sweet odor.