licorice









licorice


noun

  1. a Eurasian plant, Glycyrrhiza glabra, of the legume family.
  2. the sweet-tasting, dried root of this plant or an extract made from it, used in medicine, confectionery, etc.
  3. a candy flavored with licorice root.
  4. any of various related or similar plants.

noun

  1. the usual US and Canadian spelling of liquorice

n.also liquorice, c.1200, from Anglo-French lycoryc, Old French licorece (also recolice), from Late Latin liquiritia, alteration of Latin glychyrrhiza, from Greek glykyrrhiza, literally “sweet root,” from glykys “sweet” (see glucose) + rhiza “root” (see radish); form influenced in Latin by liquere “become fluid,” because of the method of extracting the sweet stuff from the root. French r├ęglisse, Italian regolizia are the same word, with metathesis of -l- and -r-.

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