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star anise

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1. An aromatic evergreen tree (Illicium verum) cultivated in China and Vietnam, having star-shaped anise-scented fruits that yield an essential oil used as a flavoring and in the manufacture of certain drugs.
2. The dried fruit of this plant, used ground or whole in Asian cooking.

star anise

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1. a small Chinese evergreen tree (Illicium verum) yielding an aromatic oil
2. a spice produced from the star-shaped dried seed pods of this tree
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.star anise - small tree of China and Vietnam bearing anise-scented star-shaped fruit used in food and medicinally as a carminative
star aniseed, Chinese anise, star anise - anise-scented star-shaped fruit or seed used in Asian cooking and medicine
genus Illicium, Illicium - anise trees: evergreen trees with aromatic leaves
anise tree - any of several evergreen shrubs and small trees of the genus Illicium
2.star anise - small shrubby tree of Japan and Taiwan; flowers are not fragrant
genus Illicium, Illicium - anise trees: evergreen trees with aromatic leaves
anise tree - any of several evergreen shrubs and small trees of the genus Illicium
3.star anise - anise-scented star-shaped fruit or seed used in Asian cooking and medicine
spice - any of a variety of pungent aromatic vegetable substances used for flavoring food
five spice powder - Chinese seasoning made by grinding star anise and fennel and pepper and cloves and cinnamon
Chinese anise, Illicium verum, star anise - small tree of China and Vietnam bearing anise-scented star-shaped fruit used in food and medicinally as a carminative
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