- Also called archangel. any plant belonging to the genus Angelica, of the parsley family, especially A. archangelica, cultivated in Europe for its aromatic odor and medicinal root and for its stalks, which are candied and eaten.
- the candied stalks of this plant.
Origin of angelica
1570–80; < Medieval Latin (herba) angelica angelic (herb)
- a female given name.
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- Also called: archangel any tall umbelliferous plant of the genus Angelica, having compound leaves and clusters of small white or greenish flowers, esp A. archangelica, the aromatic seeds, leaves, and stems of which are used in medicine and cookery
- the candied stems of this plant, used for decorating and flavouring sweet dishes
C16: from Medieval Latin (herba) angelica angelic (herb)
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Word Origin and History for angelica
fem. proper name, Latin fem. of angelicus "angelic" (see angel).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper