noun \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    (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\


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Spanish licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra).—A to Z Botanical Collection/EB Inc.

Perennial herb (Glycyrrhiza glabra) of the pea family (see legume) and the flavouring, confection, and medicine made from its roots. Native to southern Europe, the plant is cultivated around the Mediterranean and in parts of the U.S. It grows to 3 ft (1 m) and bears graceful compound leaves, blue-violet flower clusters, and flat, flexible seedpods 3–4 in. (7–10 cm) long. It is 42 times sweeter than table sugar, and its flavour, similar to anise, can mask unpleasant medicinal tastes.


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