[ an-uh-thohl ]
/ ˈæn əˌθoʊl /

noun Chemistry, Pharmacology.

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.
Also called anise camphor .

Origin of anethole

First recorded in 1860–65; from Greek ánēth(on) “dill, anise” + -ole2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for anethole

/ (ˈænɪˌθəʊl) /


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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