- a European perennial plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra) of the pea family, with spikes of blue flowers and short, flat pods
- the dried root of this plant or the black extract made from it, used in medicine, esp. as a vehicle and a diluting agent, or as a flavoring
- candy flavored with this extract or otherwise made to resemble it in taste
Origin of licoriceMiddle English licorys from Old French licorece from Late Latin liquiritia, altered (by associated, association with liquor: see liquor) from Classical Latin glycyrrhiza from Classical Greek glykys, sweet (see glycerin) + rhiza, root
- a. A Mediterranean perennial plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra) of the pea family, having blue flowers, pinnately compound leaves, and a sweet, distinctively flavored root.b. The root of this plant, used as a flavoring in candy, liqueurs, tobacco, and medicines.c. Any of various similar plants.
- a. A confection made from or flavored with the licorice root.b. A chewy confection made from sugar and corn syrup with the addition of various flavorings, often manufactured in long flexible tubes.
Origin of licoriceMiddle English licoris from Old French from Late Latin liquirītia alteration ( influenced by Latin liquēre to flow ) of Latin glycyrrhiza root of licorice from Greek glukurrhiza glukus sweet rhiza root ; see wrād- in Indo-European roots.
(usually uncountable, plural licorices)
- (North America) Alternative form of liquorice.