[lik-uh-rish, lik-rish, lik-er-is]


Nearby words

  1. liquidus,
  2. liquify,
  3. liquor,
  4. liquor store,
  5. liquor up,
  6. liquorice allsorts,
  7. liquorish,
  8. lir,
  9. lira,
  10. lira da braccio Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for liquorice


US and Canadian licorice


a perennial Mediterranean leguminous shrub, Glycyrrhiza glabra, having spikes of pale blue flowers and flat red-brown pods
the dried root of this plant, used as a laxative and in confectionery
a sweet having a liquorice flavour

Word Origin for liquorice

C13: via Anglo-Norman and Old French from Late Latin liquirītia, from Latin glycyrrhīza, from Greek glukurrhiza, from glukus sweet + rhiza root

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Word Origin and History for liquorice



chiefly British alternative spelling of licorice.

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