Liquorice - licorice - licorish - liquorish
Liquorice and licorice (pronounced LI-ker-iss, IPA: /'lɪ kə rɪs/) are both acceptable spellings of the name of the dried root used for sweets and for medical purposes - although in many dialects it is pronounced /'lɪ kə rɪʃ/, i.e., as if it were written '
liquorish' - as it sometimes has been.
- Etymological note: The word 'liquorice' comes, through Anglo-Norman and Old French, from the Late Latin liquiritia, a corruption of the Classical Latin glycyrrhiza, which is a transliteration of the Greek γλυκύρριζα (glukurrhiza), a compound of γλυκύς (glukus, sweet) and ῥίζα (rhiza, root), the Greek name for the Mediterranean shrub Glycyrrhiza glabra, of which liquorice is the dried root.
- See also Liquor - licker - liqueur.