Licorice
Licorice Lic"o*rice (l[i^]k"[-o]*r[i^]s), n. [OE. licoris, through old French, fr. L. liquiritia, corrupted fr. glycyrrhiza, Gr. glyky`rriza; glyky`s sweet + "ri`za root. Cf. {Glycerin}, {Glycyrrhiza}, {Wort}.] [Written also {liquorice}.] 1. (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Glycyrrhiza} ({Glycyrrhiza glabra}), the root of which abounds with a sweet juice, and is much used in demulcent compositions. [1913 Webster]

2. The inspissated juice of licorice root, used as a confection and for medicinal purposes. [1913 Webster]

{Licorice fern} (Bot.), a name of several kinds of polypody which have rootstocks of a sweetish flavor.

{Licorice sugar}. (Chem.) See {Glycyrrhizin}.

{Licorice weed} (Bot.), the tropical plant {Scapania dulcis}.

{Mountain licorice} (Bot.), a kind of clover ({Trifolium alpinum}), found in the Alps. It has large purplish flowers and a sweetish perennial rootstock.

{Wild licorice}. (Bot.) (a) The North American perennial herb {Glycyrrhiza lepidota}. (b) Certain broad-leaved cleavers ({Galium circ[ae]zans} and {Galium lanceolatum}). (c) The leguminous climber {Abrus precatorius}, whose scarlet and black seeds are called {black-eyed Susans}. Its roots are used as a substitute for those of true licorice ({Glycyrrhiza glabra}). [1913 Webster]


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  • licorice — also liquorice, c.1200, from Anglo Fr. lycoryc, O.Fr. licorece (also recolice), from L.L. liquiritia, alteration of L. glychyrrhiza, from Gk. glykyrrhiza, lit. sweet root, from glykys sweet (see GLUCOSE (Cf. glucose)) + rhiza …   Etymology dictionary

  • licorice — see liquorice …   Modern English usage

  • licorice — (Brit. liquorice) ► NOUN ▪ a sweet, chewy, aromatic black substance made from the juice of a root and used as a sweet and in medicine. ORIGIN Old French licoresse, from Greek glukurrhiza sweet root …   English terms dictionary

  • licorice — [lik′ə rish, lik′rish; ] occas. [ lik′ə ris] n. [ME licorys < OFr licorece < LL liquiritia, altered (by assoc. with liquor: see LIQUOR) < L glycyrrhiza < Gr glykys, sweet (see GLYCERIN) + rhiza, ROOT1] 1. a European perennial plant… …   English World dictionary

  • licorice — /lik euhr ish, lik rish, lik euh ris/, n. 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… …   Universalium

  • licorice — noun Etymology: 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 Date: 13th century 1. a. the dried root… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • licorice — paprastasis saldymedis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pupinių šeimos prieskoninis, vaistinis augalas (Glycyrrhiza glabra), paplitęs Azijoje, Europoje ir Afrikoje. Naudojamas maisto priedams (kvėpikliams) gaminti, iš jo gaunamas eterinis… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Licorice — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Licorice peut être : Un synonyme de l édulcorant glycyrrhizine ; Licorice, un titre de l album Special Herbs, Vols. 7 8 de Daniel Dumile… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • licorice — SYN: glycyrrhiza. * * * lic·o·rice or chiefly Brit li·quo·rice lik( ə) rish, rəs n 1) a European leguminous plant of the genus Glycyrrhiza (G. glabra) with pinnate leaves and spikes of blue flowers 2 a) GLYCYRRHIZA (2) b) an extract of… …   Medical dictionary

  • licorice — lic·o·rice || lɪkÉ™rɪs n. leguminous plant; root of the licorice plant (used in medicine, liquors and candy); candy flavored with licorice …   English contemporary dictionary

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