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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 anison. By the Ancients somewhat confused with dill. Related: Anisic.

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Definitions of anise

anise (n.)
native to Egypt but cultivated widely for its aromatic seeds and the oil from them used medicinally and as a flavoring in cookery;
Synonyms: anise plant / Pimpinella anisum
anise (n.)
liquorice-flavored seeds, used medicinally and in cooking and liquors;
Synonyms: aniseed / anise seed
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