Anise

Dried Anise Seed or Aniseed in wooden bowl on white background.

Pimpinella anisum

Synonyms:
Aniseed
Anise (Wikipedia)

Anise
Koehler1887-PimpinellaAnisum.jpg
1897 illustration
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Asterids
Order:Apiales
Family:Apiaceae
Genus:Pimpinella
Species:
P. anisum
Binomial name
Pimpinella anisum
Synonyms
Synonymy
  • Anisum odoratum Raf.
  • Anisum officinale DC.
  • Anisum officinarum Moench
  • Anisum vulgare Gaertn.
  • Apium anisum (L.) Crantz
  • Carum anisum (L.) Baill.
  • Pimpinele anisa St.-Lag.
  • Ptychotis vargasiana DC.
  • Selinum anisum (L.) E.H.L. Krause
  • Seseli gilliesii Hook. & Arn.
  • Sison anisum (L.) Spreng.
  • Tragium anisum (L.) Link

Anise (/əˈnis/, /ˈænɪs/; Pimpinella anisum), also called aniseed or rarely anix, is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae native to the eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia.

The flavor and aroma of its seeds have similarities with some other spices, such as star anise, fennel, and liquorice. It is widely cultivated and used to flavor food, candy, and alcoholic drinks, especially around the Mediterranean.

Anise (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

From Middle English anys, borrowed from Old French anis, from Latin anīsum, from Ancient Greek ἄνισον (ánison), from Egyptian jnst.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈniːz/, (dated) /ˈæn.ɪs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /æˈnis/, /ˈæn.ɪs/
  • (Canada) IPA(key): /əˈnis/
  • Rhymes: -iːs, -iːz

Noun

anise (countable and uncountable, plural

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