1. European herb with soft ferny leaves and white flowers; SYN. Myrrhis odorata.
2. Fresh ferny leaves and green seeds used as garnish in salads and cold vegetables; dried seeds used in confectionery and liqueurs.
Plant Myrrhis odorata of the carrot family Umbelliferae, native to S Europe; the root is eaten as a vegetable, and the aniseed-flavored leaves are used in salads.
Also, one of several North American plants (genus Osmorhiza) of the same family with clusters of small white flowers.