- a white, crystalline powder, C10H12O, having a sweet taste, obtained from anise or fennel oils or synthesized: used chiefly in perfumes, dentifrices, flavoring, synthesis of anisaldehyde, and in medicine as an antiseptic and carminative.
Origin of anethole
1860–65; < Greek ánēth(on) dill, anise + -ole2
Also called anise camphor.
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- a white water-soluble crystalline substance with a liquorice-like odour, used as a flavouring and a sensitizer in the processing of colour photographs. Formula: CH 3 CH:CHC 6 H 4 OCH 3
Word Origin for anethole
C19: from Latin anēthum dill, anise, from Greek anēthon
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