FENNEL / phen-uhl / n / 1. Also known as Foeniculum vulgare, an upright-branching perennial native to Southern Europe but also found in parts of China, India, and Turkey; / n / 2. Seeds with an anise flavor that are frequently used in cooking and chewed as a breath freshener; / n / 3. A vegetal stalk that Prometheus used to steal fire from the gods in Greek mythology; / n / 4. An essential oil often used in skincare products for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities, e.g., “Reduce puffiness and breathe easy with fennel.”
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