any of a number of related plants (genus Angelica) of the umbel family, with tall stalks, large divided leaves, clusters of white or greenish flowers, and roots and fruit used in flavoring, perfumes, medicine, etc.
Origin of angelicaModern Latin ; from Medieval Latin (herba) angelica, literally , the angelic (herb) ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin angelicus (see angelic): so named from its medical uses
- a. Any of various herbs of the genus Angelica in the parsley family, having pinnately compound leaves and small white or greenish flowers in compound umbels, especially the Eurasian A. archangelica, whose roots and fruits are used in flavoring liqueurs and whose stems are candied and eaten.b. The edible stem, leaf, or root of Angelica archangelica.
- often Angelica A sweet white wine or liqueur.
Origin of angelicaMedieval Latin (herba) angelica, angelic (herb), angelica, from Late Latin, feminine of angelicus, angelic, from Late Greek angelikos, from Greek, of a messenger, from angelos, messenger.
(plural angelicas or angelica)
- A female given name.