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 (lĭk′ər-ĭsh, lĭk′rĭsh, -ər-ĭs)
a. A Mediterranean perennial plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra) of the pea family, having blue flowers, pinnately compound leaves, and a sweet, distinctively flavored root.
b. The root of this plant, used as a flavoring in candy, liqueurs, tobacco, and medicines.
c. Any of various similar plants.
a. A confection made from or flavored with the licorice root.
b. A chewy confection made from sugar and corn syrup with the addition of various flavorings, often manufactured in long flexible tubes.

[Middle English licoris, from Old French, from Late Latin liquirītia, alteration (influenced by Latin liquēre, to flow) of Latin glycyrrhiza, root of licorice, from Greek glukurrhiza : glukus, sweet + rhiza, root; see wrād- in Indo-European roots.]


(Cookery) the usual US and Canadian spelling of liquorice


(ˈlɪk ər ɪʃ, ˈlɪk rɪʃ, ˈlɪk ə rɪs)

1. a Eurasian plant, Glycyrrhiza glabra, of the legume family.
2. the sweet-tasting, dried root of this plant or an extract made from it, used in medicine, confectionery, etc.
3. a candy flavored with licorice root.
[1175–1225; Middle English lycorys < Anglo-French < Vulgar Latin *liquiritia, for Latin glycyrrhiza < Greek glykýrriza sweetroot (plant) =glyký(s) sweet + rhíza root1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.licorice - deep-rooted coarse-textured plant native to the Mediterranean region having blue flowers and pinnately compound leaveslicorice - deep-rooted coarse-textured plant native to the Mediterranean region having blue flowers and pinnately compound leaves; widely cultivated in Europe for its long thick sweet roots
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Glycyrrhiza, Glycyrrhiza - sticky perennial Eurasian herbs
licorice root - root of licorice used in flavoring e.g. candy and liqueurs and medicines
2.licorice - a black candy flavored with the dried root of the licorice plant
candy, confect - a rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts


(American) licorice (ˈlikəris) , ((American) -riʃ) noun
a plant with a sweet root, or a black, sticky type of sweet made from it.


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So with further discussion with the cardiologist and the growing concern that the patient's own adrenal functioning would not be able to support the tapering off of the prednisone on its own, the cardiologist agreed to a trial of deglycyrrhized licorice (DGL) to provide support for the patient's endogenous adrenal functioning.
DGL is deglycyrrhized licorice (Glycyrrhiaa glabra).