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fennel

[fen-l] /ˈfɛn l/
noun
1.
a plant, Foeniculum vulgare, of the parsley family, having feathery leaves and umbels of small, yellow flowers.
2.
Also, fennel seed. the aromatic fruits of this plant, used in cookery and medicine.
3.
any of various more or less similar plants, as Ferula communis (giant fennel) a tall, ornamental plant.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English fenel, Old English fenol, variant of finu(g)l < Vulgar Latin *fenuclum, for Latin fēniculum, faeniculum, equivalent to faeni- (combining form of faenum hay) + -culum -cle1
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Examples for fennel
  • He was tasting my food and telling me there was fennel in it.
  • Dishes include ricotta gnocchi with sausage and fennel, spaghetti carbonara and fluke with spinach and shallots.
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  • Cook your mussels in one pot with garlic, fennel seeds, and white wine while your linguine cooks in another pot.
  • It's delicious with a creamy blanquette of veal, delicately poached fish, or chicken braised with fennel and garlic.
  • fennel, finocchio or anise-whatever it's called, this green leafstalk lends exotic flavor to meals.
British Dictionary definitions for fennel

fennel

/ˈfɛnəl/
noun
1.
a strong-smelling yellow-flowered umbelliferous plant, Foeniculum vulgare, whose seeds and feathery leaves are used to season and flavour food See also finocchio
2.
another name for mayweed
Word Origin
Old English fenol, from Latin faeniculum fennel, diminutive of faenum hay
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Word Origin and History for fennel
n.

Old English fenol, finul, perhaps via (or influenced by) Old French fenoil or directly from Vulgar Latin fenuculum, from Latin feniculum, diminutive of fenum, faenum "hay," probably literally "produce" (see fecund). Apparently so called from its hay-like appearance and sweet odor.

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