While Merriam-Webster declares the approved pronunciation as ANN-iss, with the “a” sound like “cat,” the word itself is derived from French, which pronounces it “ANN-niece.” So, it’s possible that some regions of the U.S. that are heavily French-influenced, like Louisiana, might have strong opinions on the
How do you pronounce the British name anise?
What is the difference between anise and star anise?
Common Anise (Aniseed) comes from the plant Pimpinella anisum. This spice is botanically related to dill, cumin, fennel, and caraway. Star Anise is the star shaped fruit of a tree that is a member of the magnolia family. It has a similar licorice flavor as Common Anise but the flavor is stronger and more potent.
What is anise called in English?
Anise (also called aniseed or sweet cumin) is the seed of the Pimpinella anisum plant. It belongs to the Apiaceae family, which also produces carrots, celery and parsley. While the plant’s leaves and roots are also edible, it’s most well-known for its small, brown seeds.
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