Faeniculum vulgare
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[ae]niculum vulgare}), having very finely divided leaves. It is cultivated in gardens for the agreeable aromatic flavor of its seeds. [1913 Webster]

Smell of sweetest fennel. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

A sprig of fennel was in fact the theological smelling bottle of the tender sex. --S. G. Goodrich. [1913 Webster]

{Azorean fennel}, 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. {Nigella Damascena} is common in gardens. {Nigella 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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Faeniculum dulce — 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[ae]niculum vulgare}), having… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fennel — /fen l/, n. 1. a plant, Foeniculum vulgare, of the parsley family, having feathery leaves and umbels of small, yellow flowers. 2. Also, fennel seed. the aromatic fruits of this plant, used in cookery and medicine. 3. any of various more or less… …   Universalium

  • fennel — F. seed, the dried ripe fruit of cultivated varieties of Foeniculum vulgare (family Umbelliferae), an herb native to southern Europe and Asia, a diaphoretic and carminative; a volatile oil distilled from the fruit is used as a flavoring. [through …   Medical dictionary

  • Anthemis Cotula — 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[ae]niculum vulgare}), having… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Azorean fennel — 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[ae]niculum vulgare}), having… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dog's fennel — 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[ae]niculum vulgare}), having… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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[ae]niculum vulgare}), having very… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fennel flower — 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[ae]niculum vulgare}), having… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fennel water — 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[ae]niculum vulgare}), having… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ferula communis — 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[ae]niculum vulgare}), having… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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