also, finocchio (fennel in italian) is also (spefically neopolitan?) slang for fag! still more interesting is that one can use mezzo finocchio for a someone who is, uh….half a fag? ie: unmanly/being a bitch/etc.
hm. speculated to have some connection to a fennel bulb/stalks resembling a nutsack and penish. ah.
also comes from the same root as our fecund, feminine, and foetus!
fennel giveth, as it taketh away.