Star Anise

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Illicium verum, Illicium anisatum

Star Anise (Wiktionary)

English

Noun

star anise (countable and uncountable, plural star anises)

  1. 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 acid for the production of Tamiflu.
  2. The star-shaped seed used as a spice.

Synonyms

  • (Illicium verum): Chinese star anise, true star anise

Derived terms

  • Japanese star anise (Illicium anisatum)
  • swamp star anise (Illicium parviflorum)

Translations

Further reading

  • star anise on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
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