Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Mediterranean perennial plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra) having blue flowers, pinnately compound leaves, and a sweet, distinctively flavored root.
  • n. The root of this plant, used as a flavoring in candy, liqueurs, tobacco, and medicines.
  • n. A confection made from or flavored with the licorice root.
  • n. Any of various similar plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The plant Glycyrrhiza glabra, or sometimes in North America the related American Licorice plant Glycyrrhiza lepidota.
  • n. A type of candy made from that plant's dried root or its extract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant of the genus Glycyrrhiza (Glycyrrhiza glabra), the root of which abounds with a sweet juice, and is much used in demulcent compositions.
  • n. The inspissated juice of licorice root, used as a confection and for medicinal purposes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A leguminous plant, Glycyrrhiza glabra, whose root yields the licorice of commerce.
  • n. An economic product, either the root of this plant or an extract from it.
  • n. The plant also called rest-harrow, Ononis arvensis. Its root is used by children in place of licorice.
  • n. In America, a member of the true licorice genus, Glycyrrhiza lepidota, found chiefly far north-west; also, Galium circæzans and G. lanceolatum, on account of a sweetish root.
  • n. In Australia, Teucrium corymbosum, a sort of germander.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a black candy flavored with the dried root of the licorice plant
  • n. 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

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin liquirītia, alteration (influenced by Latin liquēre, to flow) of Latin glycyrrhiza, root of licorice, from Greek glukurrhiza : glukus, sweet + rhiza, root.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • The body, or what might be called the licorice-like character, of coffee, is due conceivably to the presence of bodies of a glucosidic nature and to caramel.

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  • Herbal varieties may contain an immune booster, such as goldenseal root or echinacea; licorice, which is antiviral and antibacterial; or marshmallow herb, which helps produce the protective mucous in your throat.

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  • • Glycyrrhiza uralensis, also known as licorice root, was one of the ingredients in the herbal medicine for hepatitis b virus that Chinese herbalists used in ancient times.

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  • I like eating this.

    October 24, 2012

  • black, kind of sweets, sometimes salty

    May 27, 2009

  • One of Amahl's (of Amahl and the Night Visitors) favorite things.

    March 2, 2008

  • Lick licorice? I have to try that.

    March 2, 2008

  • I like to lick licorice.

    November 9, 2007

  • National Licorice Day: April 12.

    November 8, 2007