star anise

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Star anise.


star anise (plural star anises)

  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.


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