1. <botany> 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. <remedy> The root of Glycyrrhiza glabra (liquorice root), used as a demulcent, etc.

Origin: L, fr. Gr.; sweet + root. Cf. Licorice.

(01 Mar 1998)