Licorice

Definition of Licorice

Lic´o`rice   Pronunciation: lĭk´ô`rĭs
n.1.(Bot.) A plant of the genus Glycyrrhiza (Glycyrrhiza glabra), the root of which abounds with a sweet juice, and is much used in demulcent compositions.
2.The inspissated juice of licorice root, used as a confection and for medicinal purposes.
Licorice fern
(Bot.) a name of several kinds of polypody which have rootstocks of a sweetish flavor.
Licorice sugar
(Chem.) See Glycyrrhizin.
Licorice weed
(Bot.) the tropical plant Scapania dulcis.
Mountain licorice
(Bot.) a kind of clover (Trifolium alpinum), found in the Alps. It has large purplish flowers and a sweetish perennial rootstock.
Wild licorice
a - (Bot.) The North American perennial herb Glycyrrhiza lepidota.
b - Certain broad-leaved cleavers (Galium circæzans and Galium lanceolatum).
c - The leguminous climber Abrus precatorius, whose scarlet and black seeds are called black-eyed Susans. Its roots are used as a substitute for those of true licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra).

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genus Glycyrrhiza, Glycyrrhiza, Glycyrrhiza glabra, herb, herbaceous plant, licorice root, liquorice
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