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Definition of fennel
- an aromatic yellow-flowered European plant of the parsley family, with feathery leaves.
- Foeniculum vulgare, family Umbelliferae: two subspecies, a hardy perennial (dulce), the seeds and leaves of which are used as culinary herbs, and the annual Florence (or sweet) fennel (azoricum), with swollen leaf bases that are eaten as a vegetable
Old English finule, fenol, from Latin faeniculum, diminutive of faenum 'hay'