Lick"er*ous*ness, n. [Obs.] Chaucer.
1. A lapping with the tongue.
2. A flogging or castigation. [Colloq. or Low]
(Lick"pen`ny) n. A devourer or absorber of money. "Law is a lickpenny." Sir W. Scott.
(Lick"-spig`ot) n. A tapster. [Obs.]
(Lick"-spit`tle) n. An abject flatterer or parasite. Theodore Hook.
(Lic"o*rice) n. [OE. licoris, through old French, fr. L. liquiritia, corrupted fr. glycyrrhiza, Gr.
glyky`rriza; glyky`s sweet + "ri`za root. Cf. Glycerin, Glycyrrhiza, Wort.] [Written also liquorice.]
1. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Glycyrrhiza the root of which abounds with a sweet juice, and is much
used in demulcent compositions.
2. The inspissated juice of licorice root, used as a confection and for medicinal purposes.
Licorice fern (Bot.), a name of several kinds of polypody which have rootstocks of a sweetish flavor.
Licorice sugar. (Chem.) See Glycyrrhizin. Licorice weed (Bot.), the tropical plant Scapania
dulcis. Mountain licorice (Bot.), a kind of clover found in the Alps. It has large purplish flowers
and a sweetish perennial rootstock. Wild licorice. (Bot.) (a) The North American perennial herb
Glycyrrhiza lepidota. (b) Certain broad-leaved cleavers (Galium circæzans and G. lanceolatum). (c)
The leguminous climber Abrus precatorius, whose scarlet and black seeds are called black-eyed Susans.
Its roots are used as a substitute for those of true licorice
(Lic"o*rous) a. See Lickerish. Lic"o*rous*ness, n. [Obs.] Herbert.
(Lic"our) n. Liquor. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Lic"tor) n. [L.] (Rom. Antiq.) An officer who bore an ax and fasces or rods, as ensigns of his
office. His duty was to attend the chief magistrates when they appeared in public, to clear the way, and
cause due respect to be paid to them, also to apprehend and punish criminals.
Lictors and rods, the ensigns of their power.Milton.
(Lid) n. [AS. hlid, fr. hlidan (in comp.) to cover, shut; akin to OS. hlidan D. lid lid, OHG. hlit, G.
augenlid eyelid, Icel. hlið gate, gateway. &radic40.]
1. That which covers the opening of a vessel or box, etc.; a movable cover; as, the lid of a chest or trunk.
2. The cover of the eye; an eyelid. Shak.
Tears, big tears, gushed from the rough soldier's lid.Byron.
3. (Bot.) (a) The cover of the spore cases of mosses. (b) A calyx which separates from the flower,
and falls off in a single piece, as in the Australian Eucalypti. (c) The top of an ovary which opens transversely,
as in the fruit of the purslane and the tree which yields Brazil nuts.
(Lid"ded) a. Covered with a lid. Keats.
(Lidge) n. Same as Ledge.[Obs.] Spenser.