[ an-uh-seed, an-is-seed ]

  1. the aromatic seed of anise, the oil of which (anise oil, aniseed oil, oroil of anise ) is used in the manufacture of anethole, in medicine as a carminative and expectorant, and in cooking and liqueurs for its licoricelike flavor.

Origin of aniseed

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English anece seed; see anise, seed

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British Dictionary definitions for aniseed


/ (ˈænɪˌsiːd) /

  1. the liquorice-flavoured aromatic seeds of the anise plant, used medicinally for expelling intestinal gas and in cookery as a flavouring, esp in cakes and confections: Also called: anise

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