[ lik-er-ish, lik-rish, lik-uh-ris ]
/ ˈlɪk ər ɪʃ, ˈlɪk rɪʃ, ˈlɪk ə rɪs /
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a Eurasian plant, Glycyrrhiza glabra, of the legume family.
the sweet-tasting, dried root of this plant or an extract made from it, used in medicine, confectionery, etc.
a candy flavored with licorice root.
any of various related or similar plants.



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Also especially British, liq·uo·rice .

Origin of licorice

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English lycorys, from Anglo-French, from unattested Vulgar Latin liquiritia for Latin glycyrrhiza, from Greek glykýrriza “sweetroot (plant),” equivalent to glyký(s) “sweet” + rhíza “root”; see root1, -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for licorice

/ (ˈlɪkərɪs) /


the usual US and Canadian spelling of liquorice
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