an·​gel·​i·​ca an-ˈje-li-kə How to pronounce angelica (audio)
: any of a genus (Angelica) of herbs of the carrot family
especially : a Eurasian biennial or perennial (A. archangelica) whose roots and seeds yield a flavoring oil and whose young stems are often candied
: a confection prepared from angelica
capitalized : a sweet fortified wine

Examples of angelica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guilder’s first offerings are a Green Tea gin, Red Oolong (which Park and Di enjoy sipping on its own) and a more classic offering called Canton Dry, a blend of juniper, coriander and angelica. Kurt Soller M.h. Miller Angela Koh Rachel Felder Chris Schalkx, New York Times, 10 Aug. 2023 In China, there is rich and tonic qing dun quan ji, in which a chicken is blanched then long-simmered in water with a big piece of smashed ginger, scallions and Shaoxing wine; some cooks add tonic herbs or roots like Chinese angelica, ginseng or milk vetch, or goji berries toward the end. Dallas News, 20 Nov. 2020 The formula utilizes Japanese angelica root as its effective yet gentle dark-spot-reducing agent. Sarah Han, Allure, 16 Sep. 2021 The formula utilizes Japanese angelica root as its powerful dark-spot-reducing agent. Nykia Spradley, Allure, 8 June 2021 This results in pleasant cereal notes that act as a backdrop for juniper and any other botanicals the distiller chooses to include, which can vary wildly (orange leaf, celery seed, cinnamon, coriander, angelica, hundreds more). Al Culliton, Bon Appétit, 23 May 2020 Plant angelica, coreopsis, dill, fennel, and yarrow to attract them. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2016 Orange Blossom mixes with water lily, orris, and balsamic vetiver for a sharp and fresh floral scent while Tuberose Angelica is a richer cologne that blends white florals and angelica with warmer notes of amberwood. Sunhee Grinnell, Vanities, 26 Jan. 2018 Case in point: The new well line Street Pumas, custom-distilled in Spain with juniper, coriander, angelica, lemon peel, sweet orange peel, and bitter orange peel, blows the cheap stuff out of the water. John Debary,, 22 Dec. 2017

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Word History


New Latin, genus name, from Medieval Latin, from Late Latin, feminine of angelicus angelic, from Late Greek angelikos, from Greek, of a messenger, from angelos

First Known Use

1527, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of angelica was in 1527

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Cite this Entry

“Angelica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


an·​gel·​i·​ca an-ˈjel-i-kə How to pronounce angelica (audio)
capitalized : a genus of usually white-flowered herbs of the family Umbelliferae native to the northern hemisphere and New Zealand
: any plant of the genus Angelica
especially : a biennial or perennial herb (A. archangelica) having young stems that are candied and roots and seeds that yield a flavoring oil see angelica root

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