Etymology
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anise (n.)

Levantine plant cultivated for its seeds, which were important sources of chemical oils and flavoring, c. 1300, from Old French anis (13c.), from Latin anisum, from Greek annēson, which Beekes suggests is from a substrate language. By the Ancients somewhat confused with dill. Related: Anisic.

updated on September 22, 2022

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