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star anise

n.
An aromatic evergreen tree (Illicium verum) cultivated in China and Vietnam, having star-shaped anise-scented fruits that yield an essential oil used as a flavoring and in the manufacture of certain drugs.

star anise (stärˑ aˑ·nis),

n Latin name:
Illicium verum; parts used: fruit, oil, seeds; uses: bronchitis, carminative, colic, cough, diuretic, loss of appetite, rheumatism, stimulant; precautions: pregnancy, cancer, liver disease. Also called
Chinese anise.
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