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n 1  cap  :  a genus of widely distributed perennial herbs or subshrubs of the family Leguminosae with odd-pinnate leaves, racemose or spicate flowers, and leathery often prickly pods that include the licorices  2  :  the dried root of a licorice of the genus Glycyrrhiza (G. glabra) that is a source of extracts used to mask unpleasant flavors (as in drugs) or to give a pleasant taste (as to confections) - called also licorice , licorice root  .

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