- the aromatic seed of anise, the oil of which (anise oil, aniseed oil, oil of anise) is used in the manufacture of anethole, in medicine as a carminative and expectorant, and in cookery and liqueurs for its licoricelike flavor.
Origin of aniseed
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Examples from the Web for aniseed
Her little weakness, aniseed, did not make her vicious, but just.The Fortune of the Rougons
As I noticed the smell of aniseed, I accepted the offer at once.Chatterbox, 1905.
He gave him the little bottle of aniseed, opening it as he did so.Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)
F. Marion Crawford
Oil of aniseed, spread on the bait, will attract them into a trap.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book
Illicie, the Aniseed tribe; and Magnolie, the Magnolia tribe.Botany for Ladies
- 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 confectionsAlso called: anise
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Word Origin and History for aniseed
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