[ an-uh-seed, an-is-seed ]
/ ˈæn əˌsid, ˈæn ɪsˌsid /


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

First recorded in 1350–1400, aniseed is from the Middle English word anece seed. See anise, seed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for aniseed


/ (ˈænɪˌsiːd) /


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



late 14c., a contraction of anise seed (n.).

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