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

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


[ah-nee, ah-nee]
noun, plural a·nis.
  1. any of several black, tropical American cuckoos of the genus Crotophaga, having a compressed, bladelike bill.
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Origin of ani

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


  1. variant of aniso- before a vowel.
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noun plural anis
  1. 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
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Word Origin

Spanish aní, from Tupi
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Word Origin and History for anis



black bird of the cuckoo family, 1829, from Spanish or Portuguese ani, from Tupi.

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