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oil of anise

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noun
  1. See under aniseed.
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Origin of oil of anise

First recorded in 1860–65
Also called anise oil, aniseed oil.

aniseed

[an-uh-seed, an-is-seed]
noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of aniseed

First recorded in 1350–1400, aniseed is from the Middle English word anece seed. See anise, seed
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British Dictionary definitions for oil of anise

aniseed

noun
  1. 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

aniseed

n.

late 14c., a contraction of anise seed (n.).

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