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Illiciaceae A family, related to the Winteraceae, that consists of 1 genus, Illicium, of shrubs and small trees in which the leaves are simple, sometimes occurring in pseudo-whorls. The flowers are regular, with numerous spiral parts. The fruit consists of spreading follicles. There are 42 species, occurring in South-east Asia, N. America, and the W. Indies.

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anise, star A spice, the seeds of Illicium verum, widely used in Chinese cooking. Distinct from aniseed.

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star anise See anise, star.