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anise


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Anise  \An"ise\  ([a^]n"[i^]s),  n.  [OE.  anys,  F.  anis,  L.  anisum 
  anethum,  fr  Gr  'a`nison,  'a`nhqon.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  An  umbelliferous  plant  ({Pimpinella  anisum}) 
  growing  naturally  in  Egypt,  and  cultivated  in  Spain, 
  Malta,  etc.,  for  its  carminative  and  aromatic  seeds. 
 
  2.  The  fruit  or  seeds  of  this  plant. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  anise 
  n  1:  native  to  Egypt  but  cultivated  widely  for  its  aromatic  seeds 
  and  the  oil  from  them  used  medicinally  and  as  a 
  flavoring  in  cookery  [syn:  {anise  plant},  {Pimpinella 
  anisum}] 
  2:  liquorice-flavored  seeds  or  oil  used  in  cookies  or  cakes  or 
  pickles  [syn:  {aniseed}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Anise 
  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 
 




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