star anise

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

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  • star-anise — see under ↑star1 • • • Main Entry: ↑anise * * * star anise, 1. a shrub or small tree of the magnolia family, native to Asia, having purplish red flowers and fruits of anise scent. 2. a spice obtained from the fruit …   Useful english dictionary

  • Star anise — Star Star (st[aum]r), n. [OE. sterre, AS. steorra; akin to OFries. stera, OS. sterro, D. ster, OHG. sterno, sterro, G. stern, Icel. stjarna, Sw. stjerna, Dan. stierne, Goth. sta[ i]rn[=o], Armor. & Corn. steren, L. stella, Gr. asth r, a stron,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Star anise — Taxobox name = Star anise image width = 250px image caption = Star anise fruits ( Illicium verum ) regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Austrobaileyales familia = Illiciaceae genus = Illicium species = I. verum… …   Wikipedia

  • star anise — noun 1. small tree of China and Vietnam bearing anise scented star shaped fruit used in food and medicinally as a carminative • Syn: ↑Chinese anise, ↑Illicium verum • Hypernyms: ↑anise tree • Member Holonyms: ↑Illicium, ↑genus Illicium …   Useful english dictionary

  • star-anise — tikrasis žvaigždanyžis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Žvaigždanyžinių šeimos prieskoninis, vaistinis augalas (Illicium verum), paplitęs Azijos rytuose ir pietryčiuose. Naudojamas maisto priedams (kvėpikliams) gaminti. atitikmenys: lot.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • star anise — žvaigždanyžis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Žvaigždanyžinių (Illiciaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Illicium). atitikmenys: lot. Illicium angl. anise tree; star anise vok. Sternanis; Sternanisbaum rus. бадьян; звездчатый анис; иллициум lenk.… …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • 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

  • star-anise — /star ˈænəs/ (say stahr anuhs), /star əˈnis/ (say stahr uh nees) noun 1. an aromatic, evergreen shrub or small tree, Illicium anisatum, native to Japan. 2. the fruit of this plant used as a spice …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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… …   Universalium

  • 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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