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A perennial plant (Foeniculum vulgare) with feathery foliage and tiny flowers; the plant’s oval, green-brown seeds have prominent ridges, short, hair-like fibers and a weak, anise-like flavor and aroma and are available whole and ground; used in baked goods and savory dishes in Italian and Central European cuisines and to flavor alcoholic beverages. See ouzo, arrack; also finnochio.



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