• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Badian (Bot) An evergreen Chinese shrub of the Magnolia family (Illicium anisatum), and its aromatic seeds; Chinese anise; star anise.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n badian The fruit of Illicium anisatum, the Chinese anise-tree. It abounds in a volatile oil which gives it an aromatic flavor and odor. On this account it is much used in China and India as a condiment, and is imported into France for flavoring.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. badiane, fr. Per. bādiān, anise


In literature:

Sally she's a 'Badian' beauty.
"The Shanty Book, Part I, Sailor Shanties" by Richard Runciman Terry
I'se free 'Badian born, an' 'low no man make joke ob me!
"Young Tom Bowling" by J.C. Hutcheson
I hope no 'fence present company, but um sorry to say English come here too jealous of 'Badians.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
The words "Republic" and "America," though spoken in Badian patois, had recalled incidents, by Blanche never to be forgotten.
"The Child Wife" by Mayne Reid

In news:

It is ironic that Professor Badian in a review which stresses the historical invisibility of women should himself neglect to mention the name of the woman who made the sculptures he praises repeatedly.