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fennel

[ fen-l ]
/ ˈfɛn l /
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noun
a plant, Foeniculum vulgare, of the parsley family, having feathery leaves and umbels of small, yellow flowers.
Also fen·nel seed . the aromatic fruits of Foeniculum vulgare, used in cooking and medicine.
any of various plants more or less similar to Foeniculum vulgare, such as Ferula communis(giant fennel ), a tall, ornamental plant.
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Origin of fennel

First recorded before 900; Middle English fenel, Old English fenol, variant of finu (g )l from unattested Vulgar Latin fenuclum, for Latin fēniculum, faeniculum, equivalent to faeni- (combining form of faenum “hay”) + -culum -cle1
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British Dictionary definitions for fennel

fennel
/ (ˈfɛnəl) /

noun
a strong-smelling yellow-flowered umbelliferous plant, Foeniculum vulgare, whose seeds and feathery leaves are used to season and flavour foodSee also finocchio
another name for mayweed

Word Origin for fennel

Old English fenol, from Latin faeniculum fennel, diminutive of faenum hay
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