giant fennel


See under fennel(def 3).

Nearby words

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Origin of giant fennel

First recorded in 1880–85


[ fen-l ]
/ ˈfɛn l /


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, variant of finu(g)l < Vulgar Latin *fenuclum, for Latin fēniculum, faeniculum, equivalent to faeni- (combining form of faenum hay) + -culum -cle1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for giant fennel


/ (ˈfɛnəl) /


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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Word Origin and History for giant fennel



Old English 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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