anise seed [an–uh-seed, an-is-seed] noun
Pimpinella anisum. Also called Aniseed. Not to be confused with star anise.) Anise is a grayish brown, oval-shaped seed related to parsley, caraway, cumin, dill and fennel. It is an annual plant native to the eastern Mediterranean and has both medicinal and culinary uses. The licorice flavor is found in confections, baked goods, and liquors like Ouzo, Arak and Absinthe. Anise seed is also found as an extract used in baking.
Anise or anise extract appears in many baking recipes including springerle, pfeffernusse, pizelle, biscotti and bizcochitos (also called Mexican anise cookies).