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fennel


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fennel  \Fen"nel\  (f[e^]n"n[e^]l),  n.  [AS.  fenol  finol,  from  L. 
  feniculum,  faeniculum,  dim.  of  fenum,  faenum,  hay:  cf  F. 
  fenouil  Cf  {Fenugreek}.  {Finochio}.]  (Bot.) 
  A  perennial  plant  of  the  genus  {F[ae]niculum}  ({F.  vulgare}), 
  having  very  finely  divided  leaves.  It  is  cultivated  in 
  gardens  for  the  agreeable  aromatic  flavor  of  its  seeds. 
 
  Smell  of  sweetest  fennel.  --Milton. 
 
  A  sprig  of  fennel  was  in  fact  the  theological  smelling 
  bottle  of  the  tender  sex.  --S.  G. 
  Goodrich. 
 
  {Azorean,  or  Sweet},  {fennel},  ({F[ae]niculum  dulce}).  It  is 
  a  smaller  and  stouter  plant  than  the  common  fennel,  and  is 
  used  as  a  pot  herb. 
 
  {Dog's  fennel}  ({Anthemis  Cotula}),  a  foul-smelling  European 
  weed;  --  called  also  {mayweed}. 
 
  {Fennel  flower}  (Bot.),  an  herb  ({Nigella})  of  the  Buttercup 
  family,  having  leaves  finely  divided,  like  those  of  the 
  fennel.  {N.  Damascena}  is  common  in  gardens.  {N.  sativa} 
  furnishes  the  fennel  seed,  used  as  a  condiment,  etc.,  in 
  India.  These  seeds  are  the  ``fitches''  mentioned  in  Isaiah 
  (xxviii.  25). 
 
  {Fennel  water}  (Med.),  the  distilled  water  of  fennel  seed.  It 
  is  stimulant  and  carminative. 
 
  {Giant  fennel}  ({Ferula  communis}),  has  stems  full  of  pith, 
  which  it  is  said  were  used  to  carry  fire,  first  by 
  Prometheus. 
 
  {Hog's  fennel},  a  European  plant  ({Peucedanum  officinale}) 
  looking  something  like  fennel. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fennel 
  n  1:  any  of  several  aromatic  herbs  having  edible  seeds  and  leaves 
  and  stems 
  2:  aromatic  bulbous  stem  base  eaten  cooked  or  raw  in  salads 
  [syn:  {Florence  fennel},  {finocchio}] 
  3:  leaves  used  for  seasoning  [syn:  {common  fennel}] 




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