oil of anise
- See under aniseed.
Origin of oil of anise
First recorded in 1860–65
Also called anise oil, aniseed oil.
- 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
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- 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 oil of anise
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