Definition of


  1. (noun, food) a black candy flavored with the dried root of the licorice plant
  2. (noun, plant) deep-rooted coarse-textured plant native to the Mediterranean region having blue flowers and pinnately compound leaves; widely cultivated in Europe for its long thick sweet roots

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Synonyms of Licorice

glycyrrhiza glabra, liquorice

Alternate forms of Licorice

Hypernyms: candy, confect, herb, herbaceous plant

Origin of the word Licorice

  1. c.1200, from Anglo-Fr. lycoryc, from O.Fr. licorece, from L.L. liquiritia, alteration of L. glychyrrhiza, from Gk. glykyrrhiza, lit. "sweet root," from glykys "sweet" (see glucose) + rhiza "root;" form influenced in L. by liquere "become fluid," associated by the method of extracting the sweet stuff from the root. Fr. r… more

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