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Definitions for liquorice
ˈlɪk ə rɪʃ, ˈlɪk rɪʃ, ˈlɪk ər ɪsliquorice

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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. liquoricenoun

    A leguminous plant, Glycyrrhiza glabra, from which a sweet black liquor is extracted and used as a confection and in medicine

    Etymology: From licoresse, from liquiritia, from γλυκύρριζα.

  2. liquoricenoun

    a type of confection made from liquorice extract.

    Etymology: From licoresse, from liquiritia, from γλυκύρριζα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Liquoricenoun

    see Licorice


  1. Liquorice

    Liquorice or licorice is the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra from which a somewhat sweet flavor can be extracted. The liquorice plant is a legume that is native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. It is not botanically related to anise, star anise, or fennel, which are sources of similar flavouring compounds. The word 'liquorice'/'licorice' is derived, from the Greek γλυκύρριζα, meaning "sweet root", from γλυκύς, "sweet" + ῥίζα, "root", the name provided by Dioscorides. It is a herbaceous perennial, growing to 1 m in height, with pinnate leaves about 7–15 centimeters long, with 9–17 leaflets. The flowers are 0.8–1.2 cm long, purple to pale whitish blue, produced in a loose inflorescence. The fruit is an oblong pod, 2–3 centimetres long, containing several seeds. The roots are stoloniferous. The scent of liquorice root comes from a complex and variable combination of compounds, of which anethole is at most a minor component. Much of the sweetness in liquorice comes from glycyrrhizin, which has a sweet taste, 30–50 times the sweetness of sugar. The sweetness is much different than sugar, being less instant and lasting longer.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Liquorice

    lik′ur-is, n. a plant with a sweet root which is used for medicinal purposes. [Through an O. Fr. form, from Low L. liquiritia, a corr. of Gr. glykyrrhizaglykys, sweet, rhiza, root.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of liquorice in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of liquorice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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    the act of making something completely wet
    • A. sousing
    • B. subrogation
    • C. imperviousness
    • D. cazique

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