Definition of anise in English:

anise

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Pronunciation: /ˈanɪs
 
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noun

  • 1A Mediterranean plant of the parsley family, cultivated for its aromatic seeds which are used in cooking and herbal medicine.
    • Pimpinella anisum, family Umbelliferae. See also aniseed
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    • Add a new dimension: cook carrots with cumin seeds; sprinkle beets with ground anise seeds; add a pinch of saffron threads to sauteed onions.
    • Nearly 25 centuries ago, Hippocrates wrote that ‘a pleasant odour is essential in any girl, and can be obtained and maintained by using a mouthwash containing anise, dill seeds, myrrh and white wine’.
    • Some of the herbs that have been shown to help with inadequate or slow milk supply are raspberry, nettles, anise, fenugreek and fennel seeds and alfalfa.
  • 2An Asian or American tree or shrub which bears fruit with an aniseed-like odour.
    • Genus Illicium, family Illiciaceae: many species, especially star anise (I. verum), used in Chinese cooking
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    • Star anise - not to be confused with anise, a licorice-flavored herb - grows on evergreen trees in hot, humid, mountainous regions.
    • Boil coconut milk with spices and star anises, stirring occasionally. After star anises become soft, grind them with other ground spices.
    • Firstly, you need to char your ginger, shallots, garlic and briefly roast the star anises, cinnamon stick and cardamom.

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin anisum, from Greek anison 'anise, dill'.

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