liquorice
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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  • Liquorice — Liq uor*ice (l[i^]k [ e]r*[i^]s), n. See {Licorice}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • liquorice — chiefly British alternative spelling of LICORICE (Cf. licorice) …   Etymology dictionary

  • liquorice — is the BrE spelling, and licorice the AmE spelling, of the word denoting a black root extract used as a sweet …   Modern English usage

  • liquorice — (US licorice) ► 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

  • liquorice — [lik′ə ris, lik′ərish] n. chiefly Brit. var. of LICORICE …   English World dictionary

  • Liquorice — Taxobox name = Liquorice image width = 240px regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Fabales familia = Fabaceae subfamilia = Faboideae tribus = Galegeae genus = Glycyrrhiza species = G. glabra binomial =… …   Wikipedia

  • Liquorice — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Liquorice peut faire référence à : un synonyme de la Glycyrrhizine, un édulcorant présent dans la réglisse ; liquorice, le nom anglais de la… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • liquorice — noun /ˈlɪkəɹɪʃ/ a) A leguminous plant, Glycyrrhiza glabra, from which a sweet black liquor is extracted and used as a confection and in medicine b) a type of confection made from liquorice extract. Syn …   Wiktionary

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

  • liquorice — SYN: glycyrrhiza. * * * liquorice chiefly Brit var of LICORICE * * * li·quor·ice (likґər is) 1. Glycyrrhiza glabra. 2. licorice (def. 2) …   Medical dictionary

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