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1. (Science: botany) An umbelliferous plant (Pimpinella anisum) growing naturally in egypt, and cultivated in Spain, malta, etc, for its carminative and aromatic seeds.

2. The fruit or seeds of this plant.

Origin: oe. Anys, f. Anis, L. Anisum, anethum, fr. Gr.