[ 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 forms

a·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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