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#1 2013-05-30 16:31:19

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2211

fennelgreek << fenugreek

The names “fennel” and “fenugreek” both hark back to the Latin word for “hay,” but that is about the only connection between the spice plants bearing these two labels. Fennel1 is sweet, having the licorice aroma of anise. It is a perennial in the carrot family. Fenugreek is a bitter seed from a pea family plant and is often used in Indian curries.

The web contains many hundreds of examples of “fennelgreek” for “fenugreek.” Given the difference between the two spices, I take this to be DNA eggcorn: “fennel” is shoehorned into “fenugreek” for no better reason than that they are both terms for spices.

1 The classic Italian fennel, I mean, the one used as a spice – over the years the name “fennel” has attached itself to many different species of plants.

Last edited by kem (2013-12-26 18:19:49)



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