1. An annual, aromatic Mediterranean herb (Pimpinella anisum) in the parsley family, cultivated for its seedlike fruits and the oil obtained from them.
2. The seedlike fruit of this plant, used to flavor foods, liqueurs, and candies. Also called aniseed.
[Middle English anis, from Old French, from Latin anīsum, from Greek annēson, annīson, anīson; akin to anēthon, annēthon, dill, and perhaps from or akin to Egyptian jnś.t, a kind of plant used in preparing refreshing drinks (possibly anise).]
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