star anise

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noun

Also called Chinese anise. a shrub or small tree, Illicium verum, of China, having white flowers that turn purple and bearing anise-scented, star-shaped clusters of carminative fruit.
the fruit of this tree or shrub, used as a spice.

Nearby words

  1. staple,
  2. staple gun,
  3. stapler,
  4. stapling,
  5. star,
  6. star apple,
  7. star carr,
  8. star chamber,
  9. star chart,
  10. star cloud

Origin of star anise

First recorded in 1830–40

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British Dictionary definitions for star anise

star anise

noun

a small Chinese evergreen tree (Illicium verum) yielding an aromatic oil
a spice produced from the star-shaped dried seed pods of this tree
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