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 for Fennel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fennel \Fen"nel\ (f[e^]n"n[e^]l), n. [AS. fenol, finol, from L.
     feniculum, faeniculum, dim. of fenum, faenum, hay: cf. F.
     fenouil. Cf. Fenugreek. Finochio.] (Bot.)
     A perennial plant of the genus F[ae]niculum ({F[ae]niculum
     vulgare), having very finely divided leaves. It is
     cultivated in gardens for the agreeable aromatic flavor of
     its seeds.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Smell of sweetest fennel.                --Milton.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           A sprig of fennel was in fact the theological smelling
           bottle of the tender sex.                --S. G.
                                                    Goodrich.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Azorean+fennel,+or+Sweet+fennel,+({F[ae]niculum+dulce">Azorean fennel, or Sweet fennel, ({F[ae]niculum dulce).
        It is a smaller and stouter plant than the common fennel,
        and is used as a pot herb.
  
     Dog's+fennel+({Anthemis+Cotula">Dog's fennel ({Anthemis Cotula), a foul-smelling European
        weed; -- called also mayweed.
  
     Fennel+flower+(Bot.),+an+herb+({Nigella">Fennel flower (Bot.), an herb ({Nigella) of the Buttercup
        family, having leaves finely divided, like those of the
        fennel. Nigella Damascena is common in gardens. Nigella
        sativa furnishes the fennel seed, used as a condiment,
        etc., in India. These seeds are the "fitches" mentioned in
        Isaiah (xxviii. 25).
  
     Fennel water (Med.), the distilled water of fennel seed. It
        is stimulant and carminative.
  
     Giant+fennel+({Ferula+communis">Giant fennel ({Ferula communis), has stems full of pith,
        which, it is said, were used to carry fire, first, by
        Prometheus.
  
     Hog's+fennel,+a+European+plant+({Peucedanum+officinale">Hog's fennel, a European plant ({Peucedanum officinale)
        looking something like fennel.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fennel
      n 1: any of several aromatic herbs having edible seeds and
           leaves and stems
      2: aromatic bulbous stem base eaten cooked or raw in salads
         [syn: fennel, Florence fennel, finocchio]
      3: leaves used for seasoning [syn: fennel, common fennel]
      4: fennel seeds are ground and used as a spice or as an
         ingredient of a spice mixture

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