Definition of fennel in English:

fennel

noun

mass noun
  • 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

    • ‘Dill belongs to the parsley family and is closely related to fennel; the two plants are hard to tell apart.’
    • ‘My favourite luxury dish would be a pork cutlet with olives, dates and fennel that I serve in my restaurant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These include soya products, beetroot, parsley, root fennel and yams.’
    • ‘Place the star anise, bay leaf, fennel seeds, cinnamon stick and ginger in a mortar.’
    • ‘Angelica belongs to the Umbellifer family and is of similar habit to dill, fennel, caraway and lovage.’
    • ‘Grey mullet is popular in Mediterranean dishes and goes well with rosemary, thyme, garlic and fennel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wispy green or bronze foliage of fennel will add a nice contrast to my other potpourri plants.’
    • ‘Reputed to have aphrodisiac qualities, the plant resembles fennel, and used to be collected for sale at London markets.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

fennel

/ˈfɛn(ə)l/