Word Origin Origin of giant fennel
First recorded in
1880–85 a plant, Foeniculum vulgare, of the parsley family, having feathery leaves and umbels of small, yellow flowers. Also fennel seed. the aromatic fruits of this plant, used in cookery and medicine. any of various more or less similar plants, as Ferula communis (giant fennel), a tall, ornamental plant. Origin of fennel before 900; Middle English fenel, Old English fenol,
Vulgar Latin *fenuclum,
Latin fēniculum, faeniculum,
(combining form of
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British Dictionary definitions for giant fennel a strong-smelling yellow-flowered umbelliferous plant, Foeniculum vulgare, whose seeds and feathery leaves are used to season and flavour food See also finocchio another name for mayweed Word Origin
fenol, from Latin faeniculum fennel, diminutive of faenum hay
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Word Origin and History for giant fennel fennel n.
fenol, finul, perhaps via (or influenced by) Old French fenoil or directly from Vulgar Latin fenuculum, from Latin feniculum, diminutive of fenum, faenum "hay," probably literally "produce" (see fecund). Apparently so called from its hay-like appearance and sweet odor.
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