Definition of fennel in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfenl/ /ˈfɛnl/

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  • An aromatic yellow-flowered European plant of the parsley family, with feathery leaves.

    Foeniculum vulgare, family Umbelliferae: two subspecies, a hardy perennial (dulce), the seeds and leaves of which are used as culinary herbs, and the annual Florence (or sweet) fennel (azoricum), with swollen leaf bases which are eaten as a vegetable

    ‘Angelica belongs to the Umbellifer family and is of similar habit to dill, fennel, caraway and lovage.’
    • ‘Place the star anise, bay leaf, fennel seeds, cinnamon stick and ginger in a mortar.’
    • ‘These include soya products, beetroot, parsley, root fennel and yams.’
    • ‘Dill belongs to the parsley family and is closely related to fennel; the two plants are hard to tell apart.’
    • ‘Grey mullet is popular in Mediterranean dishes and goes well with rosemary, thyme, garlic and fennel.’
    • ‘Add the chopped fennel and parsley and cook for another five minutes, stirring occasionally.’
    • ‘Grind the fennel, cumin, coriander and cloves before you start to cook.’
    • ‘I add white wine, some onions and fennel, and then serve it whole on a long dish with mayonnaise, slices of lemon and basmati rice.’
    • ‘All the family are highly aromatic; fennel, like many others in this family, has an aniseed-like smell.’
    • ‘It's poached skate with fennel or lamb kidney sausage on bacon and onion bread.’
    • ‘Place the orange segments, fennel, red onion and baby rocket leaves in a bowl and toss gently with the dressing.’
    • ‘The wispy green or bronze foliage of fennel will add a nice contrast to my other potpourri plants.’
    • ‘If using baby fennel, simply trim away any tough outer leaves and slice off the bottom and top of the fronds.’
    • ‘As is often the case, the flavors of the filling had had time to blend together, and fennel and tuna are a great match.’
    • ‘My favourite luxury dish would be a pork cutlet with olives, dates and fennel that I serve in my restaurant.’
    • ‘Reputed to have aphrodisiac qualities, the plant resembles fennel, and used to be collected for sale at London markets.’


Old English finule, fenol, from Latin faeniculum, diminutive of faenum ‘hay’.