• WordNet 3.6
    • n anise liquorice-flavored seeds, used medicinally and in cooking and liquors
    • n anise native to Egypt but cultivated widely for its aromatic seeds and the oil from them used medicinally and as a flavoring in cookery
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Anise is the scent on the artificial rabbit that is used in greyhound races
    • Anise (Bot) An umbelliferous plant (Pimpinella anisum) growing naturally in Egypt, and cultivated in Spain, Malta, etc., for its carminative and aromatic seeds.
    • Anise The fruit or seeds of this plant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anise An annual umbelliferous plant, P'impinella Anisum. It is indigenous in Egypt, and is cultivated in Spain and Malta, whence the seed is exported. Anise-seeds have an aromatic smell and a pleasant warm taste; they are largely employed in the manufacture of cordials. When distilled with water they yield a volatile, fragrant, syrupy oil, which separates when cooled into two portions, a light oil and a solid camphor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anise an′is an umbelliferous plant, the aromatic seeds of which are used in making cordials. The anise of Matt. xxiii. 23 (Gr. anēthon) is properly the dill
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. anys, F. anis, L. anisum, anethum, fr. Gr. 'a`nison 'a`nhqon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. anison.


In literature:

Both have a sweet anise-like odour, which is persistent for a long time.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
Four eggs; one pound of fine granulated sugar; one pound of sifted pastry flour; one teaspoonful of fine anise seed.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
Chill and serve with dainty cakes, macaroons, Anise wafers, etc.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
You have oaten cakes baked some months before; or bread with anise-seed and coriander in it, or perhaps a little pine bark.
"Henry Wadsworth Longfellow" by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Some hunters prefer oil of anise, others use bergamont; then some combine these or other scents.
"Bee Hunting" by John Ready Lockard
Its flavour is similar to that of anise, and it is used for the same purposes.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
I have bought scent for many years, but the best scent I can find is skunk essence or oil of anise.
"Fox Trapping" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
In conclusion will say that a few drops of oil of anise is the best alluring scent I have found for mink.
"Mink Trapping" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Fish oil, oil of anise, assafoetida and muskrat musk, thoroughly mixed.
"Science of Trapping" by Elmer Harry Kreps
Take the castor sacks of one beaver, add 7 drops of oil sassafras, 7 drops Anise, 10 drops oil from the oil stone.
"Steel Traps" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Oil of anise and oil of rhodium seem to have no attraction for wild wolves, and are scarcely noticed by those in confinement.
"Wolf and Coyote Trapping" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
The traveller remarks in his note-book that the Jews are a stupid, squalid set, who smell of anise-seed.
"The Green Book" by Mór Jókai
A cup of water from a spring, with some laurel leaves and anise floating in it, is all that she needs.
"Twenty-Four Unusual Stories for Boys and Girls" by Anna Cogswell Tyler
Anise comes from Egypt, and is used as a spice.
"Hand-Book of Practical Cookery for Ladies and Professional Cooks" by Pierre Blot
They have a fine rose, fennel, or anise flavor.
"American Pomology" by J. A. Warder
Then add the sifted flour and anise seed.
"The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book" by Victor Hirtzler
Tithing mint, anise, and cummin is quite likely to involve neglect of the weightier matters of the law.
"Ethics" by John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
It is, however, good to know that the dear little babies of the time were privileged with anise seed tea in the stress of colic.
"A Garden with House Attached" by Sarah Warner Brooks
Anise, cumin, fennel, mint, and mustard were raised everywhere.
"The Private Life of the Romans" by Harold Whetstone Johnston
None of your fig or date brandy, but distilled from grapes, and flavoured with anise: try it.
"The Arab's Pledge" by Edward L. Mitford

In poetry:

Without my touching you and leaving you
alone with what is yours, like a summer garden
that is overflowing with masses
of Melissa and star-anise?
"Slumber Song" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Not always unimpeded can I pray,
Nor, pitying saint, thine intercession claim;
Too closely clings the burden of the day,
And all the mint and anise that I pay
But swells my debt and deepens my self-blame.
"Seaweed" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Fennel provides a mild anise-like flavor and some crunch to this dish, but if you can't find it, you can use a couple of stalks of celery instead.
Johnny Monis braises them until tender in a fragrant broth loaded with garlic, star anise, cloves and cinnamon.
Braised Brisket with Plums, Star Anise and Port.
Recipe for star anise brownie cookies.
Brownie cookies get kicked up with star anise.
Its mild, anise flavor will add an authentic note to Italian dishes.
Anise flavor complements soup, salad, much more.
Nibble on Swedish hash browns with Balik salmon roe or veal with duck-liver sauce while you sip schnapps infused with fennel, cumin, and anise into the wee hours.
B's Honey Star Anise Lemonade.
Fennel yields a subtle anise flavor to cooking and makes a great addition to sauces.
Pastis is an anise-flavor liqueur popular throughout the south of France, particularly on the Côte d'Azur in Provence .
Quince must be poached before it is edible, and the poaching offers lots of flavor-imparting opportunity: citrus zest, ginger, vanilla bean, star anise, peppercorns, and cloves may be added.
Often a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns, five-spice powder was originally considered a cure-all miracle blend encompassing the five elements (sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, salty ).
In São Paulo, my partner, Barry, and I are sniffing out exotic notes (anise.
Strawberry Shortcake with Star Anise Sauce.