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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fen-l]
    • /ˈfɛn l/
    • /ˈfen.əl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fen-l]
    • /ˈfɛn l/

Definitions of fennel word

  • noun fennel a plant, Foeniculum vulgare, of the parsley family, having feathery leaves and umbels of small, yellow flowers. 1
  • noun fennel Also, fennel seed. the aromatic fruits of this plant, used in cookery and medicine. 1
  • noun fennel any of various more or less similar plants, as Ferula communis (giant fennel) a tall, ornamental plant. 1
  • noun fennel An aromatic yellow-flowered European plant of the parsley family, with feathery leaves. 1
  • noun fennel botany: leafy herb 1
  • noun fennel edible fennel stems 1

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Origin of fennel

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English fenel, Old English fenol, variant of finu(g)l < Vulgar Latin *fenuclum, for Latin fēniculum, faeniculum, equivalent to faeni- (combining form of faenum hay) + -culum -cle1

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Parts of speech for Fennel


fennel popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for fennel

noun fennel

  • fiber — a fine, threadlike piece, as of cotton, jute, or asbestos.
  • marijuana — hemp (def 1).
  • cannabis — Cannabis is the hemp plant when it is used as a drug.
  • hashish — the flowering tops and leaves of Indian hemp smoked, chewed, or drunk as a narcotic and intoxicant.
  • bang — If something bangs, it makes a sudden loud noise, once or several times.

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