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anise

[an-is] /ˈæn ɪs/
noun
1.
a Mediterranean plant, Pimpinella anisum, of the parsley family, having loose umbrels of small yellowish-white flowers that yield aniseed.
2.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English anis < Old French < Latin anīsum < Greek ánīson
Related forms
anisic
[uh-nis-ik] /əˈnɪs ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for anisic

anise

/ˈænɪs/
noun
1.
a Mediterranean umbelliferous plant, Pimpinella anisum, having clusters of small yellowish-white flowers and liquorice-flavoured seeds See aniseed
Word Origin
C13: from Old French anis, via Latin from Greek anison
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Word Origin and History for anisic

anise

n.

Levantine plant cultivated for its seeds, which were important sources of chemical oils and flavoring, c.1300, from Old French anis (13c.), from Latin anisum, from Greek anison. By the Ancients, somewhat confused with dill.

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anisic in the Bible

This word is found only in Matt. 23:23. It is the plant commonly known by the name of dill, the Peucedanum graveolens of the botanist. This name dill is derived from a Norse word which means to soothe, the plant having the carminative property of allaying pain. The common dill, the Anethum graveolens, is an annual growing wild in the cornfields of Spain and Portugal and the south of Europe generally. There is also a species of dill cultivated in Eastern countries known by the name of shubit. It was this species of garden plant of which the Pharisees were in the habit of paying tithes. The Talmud requires that the seeds, leaves, and stem of dill shall pay tithes. It is an umbelliferous plant, very like the caraway, its leaves, which are aromatic, being used in soups and pickles. The proper anise is the Pimpinella anisum.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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