Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various herbs of the genus Angelica in the parsley family, having pinnately compound leaves and small white or greenish flowers in compound umbels, especially A. archangelica, whose roots and fruits are used in flavoring liqueurs and whose stems are candied and eaten.
  • n. The edible stem, leaf, or root of Angelica archangelica.
  • n. A sweet white wine or liqueur.

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  • n. A tall plant, with hollow stems, genus Angelica, especially the garden angelica (Angelica archangelica).
  • n. Candied stems of the plant, used to decorate cookies.

Etymologies

Medieval Latin (herba) angelica, angelic (herb), angelica, from Late Latin, feminine of angelicus, angelic, from Late Greek angelikos, from Greek, of a messenger, from angelos, messenger.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • You men, I know, profess a preference for foreign wines; and so, humorously, I hit on the name of Fra Angelico, from the herb angelica, which is its main ingredient.

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  • While some herbs, such as angelica or woodruff, do well in partial shade, the big boys, including basil, oregano and sage, need full sun.

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  • From the fragrant ritual of grinding spices in the morning—dried rose petals, cardamom, angelica, nutmeg, among others—to the long hours of temptation as dinner simmers, filling the house with exotic aromas.

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  • To prolong the potpourri's scent, use a fixative—a powdered root like orris or angelica, available at herbco.com .

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