Etymology
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fennel (n.)

Old English fenol, finul, finol "fennel," perhaps via (or influenced by) Old French fenoil (13c.) or directly from Vulgar Latin *fenuculum, from Latin feniculum/faeniculum, diminutive of fenum/faenum "hay," probably literally "produce" (see fecund). Apparently so called from the hay-like appearance of its feathery green leaves and its sweet odor.

updated on September 21, 2018

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Definitions of fennel from WordNet

fennel (n.)
any of several aromatic herbs having edible seeds and leaves and stems;
fennel (n.)
aromatic bulbous stem base eaten cooked or raw in salads;
Synonyms: Florence fennel / finocchio
fennel (n.)
leaves used for seasoning;
Synonyms: common fennel
fennel (n.)
fennel seeds are ground and used as a spice or as an ingredient of a spice mixture;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.