Definition of star anise in English:

star anise

Syllabification: star an·ise

noun

1A small star-shaped fruit with one seed in each arm. It has an aniseed flavor and is used unripe as a spice in Asian cooking.
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  • Add the carrot juice, gingerroot, star anise, lemon and orange zest, and chile powder.
  • Place the huckleberries, cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise, and cardamom seeds in a medium bowl.
  • Bring the caster sugar and 500 ml of water to the boil in a medium saucepan, then add the lemon juice, stem ginger, star anise and the vanilla pod.
2The small Chinese evergreen tree from which star anise is obtained. Also called Chinese anise.
  • Illicium verum, family Illiciaceae
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  • Many herbs can help to deter flies, such as lavender, sweet woodruff, lemon verbena, star anise, tansy, any of the mints, rosemary, bay, chamomile, rue, elder, southernwood and basil.
  • In the meantime, there is no short-term supply relief in sight, because star anise trees take years to mature.

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