Anise is the name of an herb (also called aniseed) which grows in the Mediterranean region. It has a history in the ancient world, used as both a spice and a fragrance, and has a sweet, licorice-like taste which is why anise oil is used in licorice candy. It’s also been used as a flavoring in both food and drinks. The word comes from Latin anīsum (anise) via Ancient Greek ánison which itself seems to be derived from an Egyptian source.
Anise is pronounced an-is or a-neez (I prefer the latter).
- Aneese (English)
- Anisa (English)- also an Arabic female name meaning “friend, friendly”