illicium definition

  • noun:
    • The changed dorsal fin on mind of anglerfish, acting as a lure.
    • A genus of Asiatic and United states magnoliaceous trees, having star-shaped fresh fruit; star anise. The fruit of Illicium anisatum is employed as a spice in India, and its oil is largely found in Europe for flavoring cordials, being practically identical with true oil of anise.
    • A genus of eastern Asiatic and United states evergreen shrubs, of the normal order Magnoliace√¶.
    • anise trees: evergreen trees with aromatic leaves

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