• synonyms


[lik-uh-rish, lik-rish, lik-er-is]
  1. licorice.
Show More
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for liquorice

Historical Examples of liquorice

  • No word had been spoken by Mr. Zancig after my wife had whispered the word "Liquorice."


    W. W. Baggally

  • But the husbandman said, with a sour look, "It's like liquorice syrup."

    Bouvard and Pcuchet

    Gustave Flaubert

  • Saffron and liquorice are in this case more hurtful than useful.

  • From extract of liquorice and gum Arabic, of each 11⁄2 oz.; sugar, 17 oz.

  • Myrrh mixture is sometimes substituted for decoction of liquorice.

British Dictionary definitions for liquorice


US and Canadian licorice

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

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for liquorice


chiefly British alternative spelling of licorice.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper