Licorice meaning

lĭkər-ĭsh, lĭkrĭsh, -ər-ĭs
A European perennial plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra) of the pea family, with spikes of blue flowers and short, flat pods.
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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.
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Candy flavored with this extract or otherwise made to resemble it in taste.
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(North America) Alternative form of liquorice.
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Origin of licorice

  • Middle 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 wrād- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition