• noun the root of a plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra) used in making sweets and soft drinks. It also has medicinal properties.


  • A Mediterranean plant, Glycyrrhiza glabra, which probably originated in China. It is grown for the rhizomes and roots from which, after 3 to 5 years’ growth, the flavouring is extracted in water and boiled down to a black tarry substance. The roots used to be chewed by children as a sweet.


  • a taste or aroma associated with young tannic red wines, e.g. from the Rhône region of France, and also with red or white wines made from grapes that have been partially dried in the sun