star anise

1. Also called Chinese anise. a shrub or small tree, Illicium verum, of China, having white flowers that turn purple and bearing anise-scented, star-shaped clusters of carminative fruit.
2. the fruit of this tree or shrub, used as a spice.
[1830-40]

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  • star anise — noun 1》 a small star shaped fruit with an aniseed flavour, used in Asian cookery. 2》 a Chinese tree from which star anise is obtained. [Illicium verum.] …   English new terms dictionary

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  • star anise — noun Date: 1838 the small brown star shaped pungent fruit of a Chinese and Vietnamese tree (Illicium verum) that has a flavor similar to but stronger than anise and is dried and used whole or ground as a spice especially in Chinese cooking …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • star anise — noun A plant, Illicium verum, used primarily for its star shaped seed which resembles anise in scent and flavor, and which is used as a spice. Valued for its decorative shape as well as its flavor. Also used commercially as a source of shikimic… …   Wiktionary

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