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Noun: star anise  staa(r) a-nis
  1. Small tree of China and Vietnam bearing anise-scented star-shaped fruit used in food and medicinally as a carminative
    - Chinese anise, Illicium verum
  2. Small shrubby tree of Japan and Taiwan; flowers are not fragrant
    - Illicium anisatum
  3. Anise-scented star-shaped fruit or seed used in Asian cooking and medicine
    - Chinese anise, star aniseed

Derived forms: star anises

Type of: anise tree, spice

Part of: five spice powder, genus Illicium, Illicium

Encyclopedia: Star anise