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licorice

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noun lic·o·rice \ˈli-k(ə-)rish, -k(ə-)rəs\

Simple Definition of licorice

  • : a candy made from the dried root of a European plant

Full Definition of licorice

  1. 1 a :  the dried root of a European leguminous plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra) with pinnate leaves and spikes of blue flowers; also :  an extract of this used especially in medicine, liquors, and confectionery b :  a candy flavored with licorice or a substitute (as anise)

  2. 2 :  a plant yielding licorice; also :  a related plant

Origin of licorice

Middle English licorice, from Anglo-French licoris, from Late Latin liquiritia, alteration of Latin glycyrrhiza, from Greek glykyrrhiza, from glykys sweet + rhiza root — more at dulcet, root


First Known Use: 13th century


LICORICE Defined for Kids

licorice

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noun lic·o·rice \ˈli-kə-rish, -rəs\

Definition of licorice

  1. 1 :  the dried root of a European plant or a juice from it used in medicine and in candy

  2. 2 :  candy flavored with licorice




Medical Dictionary

licorice

noun lic·o·rice

Medical Definition of licorice

  1. 1:  a European leguminous plant of the genus Glycyrrhiza (G. glabra) with pinnate leaves and spikes of blue flowers

  2. 2a:  glycyrrhiza 2b:  an extract of glycyrrhiza commonly prepared in the form of a gummy or rubbery paste



Variants of licorice

or chiefly British li·quo·rice \ˈlik(-ə)-rish, -rəs\play play


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