What does anise mean?
The definition of anise
An”ise, n.
Etym: [OE. anys, F. anis, L. anisum, anethum, fr. Gr.

1 (Bot.)
An umbelliferous plant (Pimpinella anisum) growing naturally in Egypt, and cultivated in Spain, Malta, etc., for its carminative and aromatic seeds.
2 The fruit or seeds of this plant.