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Pronunciation: il-lis'e-um

Definition: Chinese or star anise, the dried fruit of Illhicium verum (family Magnoliaceae), an evergreen shrub or small tree of southern China; used as a stimulating carminative.

[L. an allurement, fr. il-licio, to allure]

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