What does licorice mean?

Definitions for licorice
ˈlɪk ər ɪʃ, ˈlɪk rɪʃ, ˈlɪk ə rɪslicorice

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. licorice, liquorice, Glycyrrhiza glabranoun

    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

  2. licorice, liquoricenoun

    a black candy flavored with the dried root of the licorice plant


  1. licoricenoun

    The plant Glycyrrhiza glabra, or sometimes in North America the related American Licorice plant Glycyrrhiza lepidota.

  2. licoricenoun

    A type of candy made from that plant's dried root or its extract.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Licoricenoun

    A root of sweet taste.

    Etymology: γλυϰύῤῥιζα; liquoricia, Italian; glycyrrhzza, Latin.

    Liquorice hath a papilionaceous flower; the pointal which arises from the empalement becomes a short pod, containing several kidney-shaped seeds; the leaves are placed by parts joined to the mid-rib, and are terminated by an odd lobe. Philip Miller.

    Liquorice root is long and slender, externally of a dusky reddish brown, but within of a fine yellow, full of juice, void of smell, and of a taste sweeter than sugar, it grows wild in many parts of France, Italy, Spain, and Germany. This root is excellent in coughs, and all disorders of the lungs. The inspissated juice of this root is brought to us from Spain and Holland; from the first of which places it obtained the name of Spanish juice. John Hill, Materia Medica.


  1. Licorice

    Liquorice (British English) or licorice (American English; IPA: LIK-ər-ish, -⁠iss) is the common name of Glycyrrhiza glabra, a flowering plant of the bean family Fabaceae, from the root of which a sweet, aromatic flavouring can be extracted. The liquorice plant is an herbaceous perennial legume native to Western Asia, North Africa, and Southern Europe. Botanically, it is not closely related to anise or fennel, which are sources of similar flavouring compounds. (Another such source, star anise, is even more distantly related from anise and fennel than liquorice, despite its similar common name.) Liquorice is used as a flavouring in candies and tobacco, particularly in some European and West Asian countries. Liquorice extracts have been used in herbalism and traditional medicine. Excessive consumption of liquorice (more than 2 mg/kg [3.2×10−5 oz/lb] per day of pure glycyrrhizinic acid, a liquorice component) may result in adverse effects, and overconsumption should be suspected clinically in patients presenting with otherwise unexplained hypokalemia and muscle weakness. In at least one case, death has been attributed to excessive liquorice consumption.


  1. licorice

    Licorice is a type of confectionery that is flavored with the extract of the roots of the licorice plant. It is typically sweet, chewy and black in color. The term also refers to the licorice plant itself, a legume that is native to Southern Europe and parts of Asia. Its root has a sweet, aniseed-like flavor and has been used in traditional medicine for centuries.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Licoricenoun

    a plant of the genus Glycyrrhiza (G. glabra), the root of which abounds with a sweet juice, and is much used in demulcent compositions

  2. Licoricenoun

    the inspissated juice of licorice root, used as a confection and for medicinal purposes

  3. Etymology: [OE. licoris, through old French, fr. L. liquiritia, corrupted fr. glycyrrhiza, Gr. glyky`rriza; glyky`s sweet + "ri`za root. Cf. Glycerin, Glycyrrhiza, Wort.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Licorice

    Same as Liquorice.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of licorice in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of licorice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of licorice in a Sentence

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    I used the biggest, fattest, blackest magic marker I could find, i love black magic markers by the way — I know most people use Sharpie's — they smell like licorice.

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    out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance
    • A. flabby
    • B. commensal
    • C. lank
    • D. splay

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