[ ah-nees ]
/ ˈɑ nis /


a variety of anisette made especially in Spain and Latin America.

Origin of anis

< Spanish (aceite de) anís literally, oil of anise

Definition for anis (2 of 3)

[ ah-nee, ah-nee ]
/ ˈɑ ni, ɑˈni /

noun, plural a·nis.

any of several black, tropical American cuckoos of the genus Crotophaga, having a compressed, bladelike bill.

Origin of ani

1820–30; < Spanish or Portuguese < Tupi or Guarani

Definition for anis (3 of 3)


variant of aniso- before a vowel. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anis

/ (ˈɑːnɪ) /

noun plural anis

any of several gregarious tropical American birds of the genus Crotophaga: family Cuculidae (cuckoos). They have a black plumage, long square-tipped tail, and heavily hooked bill

Word Origin for ani

Spanish aní, from Tupi
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