EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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
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Examples from the Web for aniseed Historical Examples of aniseed
Her little weakness,
aniseed, did not make her vicious, but just.
As I noticed the smell of
aniseed, I accepted the offer at once.
He gave him the little bottle of
aniseed, opening it as he did so.
aniseed, spread on the bait, will attract them into a trap.
Aniseed tribe; and Magnolie, the Magnolia tribe. British Dictionary definitions for aniseed noun 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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Word Origin and History for aniseed n.
late 14c., a contraction of
anise seed (n.).
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