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Origin: Greek

Meaning: the name of an herb (also called aniseed), derived from Latin anisum from Greek aneson meaning "dill".

Anise has a history in the ancient world as being used as both a spice and a fragrance and has a sweet, licorice-like taste which is why anise oil is used in licorice candy. It's also been used as a flavoring in both food and drinks.

Anise is pronounced an-is or a-neez (I prefer the former).

  • Anisa (which is also an Arabic feminine name meaning "friendly".