glycyrrhiza

Glycyrrhiza

Glyc`yr*rhi"za\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?; ? sweet + ? root. Cf. Licorice.]

1. (Bot.) A genus of papilionaceous herbaceous plants, one species of which (G. glabra), is the licorice plant, the roots of which have a bittersweet mucilaginous taste.

2. (Med.) The root of Glycyrrhiza glabra (liquorice root), used as a demulcent, etc.
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