[ an-is ]
/ ˈæn ɪs /


a Mediterranean plant, Pimpinella anisum, of the parsley family, having loose umbrels of small yellowish-white flowers that yield aniseed.

Origin of anise

1350–1400; Middle English anis < Old French < Latin anīsum < Greek ánīson
Related formsa·nis·ic [uh-nis-ik] /əˈnɪs ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anise


/ (ˈænɪs) /


a Mediterranean umbelliferous plant, Pimpinella anisum, having clusters of small yellowish-white flowers and liquorice-flavoured seedsSee aniseed

Word Origin for anise

C13: from Old French anis, via Latin from Greek anison
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Word Origin and History for anise



Levantine plant cultivated for its seeds, which were important sources of chemical oils and flavoring, c.1300, from Old French anis (13c.), from Latin anisum, from Greek anison. By the Ancients, somewhat confused with dill.

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