[ lik-uh-rish, lik-rish, lik-er-is ]
/ ˈlɪk ə rɪʃ, ˈlɪk rɪʃ, ˈlɪk ər ɪs /

noun 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

/ (ˈlɪkərɪs, -ərɪʃ) /


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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