Definition of liquorice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(especially British English) (usually North American English licorice) noun
BrE BrE//ˈlɪkərɪʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪkərɪʃ//
; BrE BrE//ˈlɪkərɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪkərɪs//
[uncountable, countable] Sweets and desserts
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a firm black substance with a strong flavour, obtained from the root of a plant, used in medicine and to make sweets/candy; a sweet/candy made from this substance See related entries: Sweets and desserts Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French licoresse, from late Latin liquiritia, from Greek glukurrhiza, from glukus ‘sweet’ + rhiza ‘root’.

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