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

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

Full Definition of LICORICE

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)
:  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


noun lic·o·rice   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LICORICE

:  a European leguminous plant of the genus Glycyrrhiza (G. glabra) with pinnate leaves and spikes of blue flowers
a :  glycyrrhiza 2 b :  an extract of glycyrrhiza commonly prepared in the form of a gummy or rubbery paste

Variants of LICORICE

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


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