- a variety of anisette made especially in Spain and Latin America.
Origin of anis
< Spanish (aceite de) anís literally, oil of anise
- 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
- variant of aniso- before a vowel.
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Anise (anis; Pimpinella Anīsum), an annual plant of the nat.
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But the succeeding laugh very soon was frightful: it was Anis, who fell asleep during the recital of his grandmother.
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- 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
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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