star anise
Noun

star anise

  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
Translations
  • French: anis étoile, badiane chinoise
  • German: Sternanis
  • Italian: anice stellato
  • Portuguese: anis-estrelado, estrela-de-anis
  • Russian: звёздчатый ани́с
  • Spanish: anís estrellado, anís estrella, badián, badiana



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