Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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 the Eurasian A. archangelica, whose roots and fruits are used in flavoring liqueurs and whose stems are candied and eaten.
  • noun The edible stem, leaf, or root of Angelica archangelica.
  • noun A sweet white wine or liqueur.

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

Etymologies

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

[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.]

Examples

  • What it is: An herb, also known as Chinese angelica, that is said to mimic estrogen in the body.

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  • What it is: An herb, also known as Chinese angelica, that is said to mimic estrogen in the body.

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  • Common ingredients include Danggui, sometimes called angelica root, and a mixture of other roots such and red and white peony roots.

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  • Angelica Angelica is a large, rangy plant of northern Europe, Angelica archangelica, that has fresh, pine, and citrus notes, but is dominated by a sweet-smelling compound called the angelica lactone.

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  • Angelica Angelica is a large, rangy plant of northern Europe, Angelica archangelica, that has fresh, pine, and citrus notes, but is dominated by a sweet-smelling compound called the angelica lactone.

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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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  • Finds include asparagus, ratte and bintje potatoes and herbs such as angelica, goosefoot, cumin and marjoram.

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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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