A medicinal seed produced from a species of pimpinella which grows naturally in Egypt, Syria, and other eastern countries. In France it is cultivated for culinary and medicinal uses. Aniseeds are roundish and striated, flatted on one side, and pointed at one end; of a pale colour, inclining to green. They have an aromatic smell, and a pleasant warm taste. Their virtue is entirely given out to alcohol, when it forms, combined with syrup, the well-known cordial of this name.