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Fennel \Fen"nel\ (f[e^]n"n[e^]l), n. [AS. fenol, finol, from L. feniculum, faeniculum, dim. of fenum, faenum, hay: cf. F. fenouil. Cf. Fenugreek. Finochio.] (Bot.) A perennial plant of the genus F[ae]niculum ( F[ae]niculum vulgare), having very finely divided leaves. It is cultivated in gardens for the agreeable aromatic flavor of its seeds.

Smell of sweetest fennel.

A sprig of fennel was in fact the theological smelling bottle of the tender sex.
--S. G. Goodrich.

Azorean fennel, or Sweet fennel, ( F[ae]niculum dulce). It is a smaller and stouter plant than the common fennel, and is used as a pot herb.

Dog's fennel ( Anthemis Cotula), a foul-smelling European weed; -- called also mayweed.

Fennel flower (Bot.), an herb ( Nigella) of the Buttercup family, having leaves finely divided, like those of the fennel. Nigella Damascena is common in gardens. Nigella sativa furnishes the fennel seed, used as a condiment, etc., in Indi

  1. These seeds are the ``fitches'' mentioned in Isaiah (xxviii. 25).

    Fennel water (Med.), the distilled water of fennel seed. It is stimulant and carminative.

    Giant fennel ( Ferula communis), has stems full of pith, which, it is said, were used to carry fire, first, by Prometheus.

    Hog's fennel, a European plant ( Peucedanum officinale) looking something like fennel.


n. A mayflower.


n. widespread rank-smelling weed having white-rayed flower heads with yellow discs [syn: dog fennel, stinking mayweed, stinking chamomile, Anthemis cotula]


Mayweed is a common name for two different species of flowering plants and also a name commonly used for several genera of the tribe Anthemideae whose species are currently in a flux of renaming:

Species with a common name of Mayweed:

Anthemis cotula Anthemis arvensis Oncosiphon suffruticosum

Genera commonly called Mayweed:

Matricaria Tripleurospermum

Usage examples of "mayweed".

Stinking Chamomile or Stinking Mayweed (Anthemis cotula), an annual, common in waste places, resembles the true Chamomile, having large solitary flowers on erect stems, with conical, solid receptacles, but the white florets have no membraneous scales at their base.

The Scentless Mayweed owes its generic name to its reputed medicinal properties, which in a lesser degree resemble those of Anthemis nobilis.