Definition of angelica in English:



  • 1A tall aromatic plant of the parsley family, with large leaves and yellowish-green flowers. Native to both Eurasia and North America, it is used in cooking and herbal medicine.

    • ‘To attract and preserve a population of local beneficial insects, flowering plants such as dill and angelica can be grown and some weeds such as dandelions and wild carrot can be allowed to survive in the area.’
    • ‘I had wormwood, soapwort, dill, yarrow, tarragon, chives, rosemary, lavender, angelica, many kinds of basil and thymes.’
    • ‘This family of plants is vast and contains some of our most popular herbs such as, dill, coriander, parsley and angelica as well as some common pot herbs, for example carrot, parsnips and celery.’
    • ‘This is a basic recipe but you may add dried black mushrooms, or Chinese herbs such as ginseng, red dates, or angelica sinensis also known as dang gui or dong quai in Chinese.’
    • ‘Some women find that herbal remedies, such as black cohosh, angelica, evening primrose and valerian help with some symptoms.’
    • ‘They found that the 10 most inhibitory oils were derived from thyme, cinnamon, bay, clove, almond, lovage, pimento, marjoram, angelica, and nutmeg.’
    • ‘Caterpillars of the Black and Anise Swallowtail make their home on and eat the leaves from the parsley family that include fennel, angelica, dill and chervil.’
    • ‘Uncooked angelica sinensis lubricates the intestines and frees the stools.’
    • ‘We grow Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae and Alchemilla mollis, both of which have green flowers, as do the angelica and fennel in my vegetable patch.’
    • ‘Two important Chinese herbs that tonify blood and enter the liver meridian are angelica sinensis and white peony root.’
    • ‘They can include such herbs as dandelion root, aloe, artichoke, saffron, rhubarb root, gentian, angelica root, myrrh, and senna, to name a few.’
    • ‘The most popular ones have umbrella shaped flowers such as fennel, dill, cilantro, caraway, angelica, tansy, wild carrot & yarrow.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, the addition of a little angelica to stewed rhubarb is thought to be a good way of reducing the acidity.’
    • ‘Prepare 1,000 grams of mutton, 10 grams of licorice root and 10 grams of Chinese angelica (both available in Chinese drugstores).’
    • ‘But gin is truly an international spirit with ingredients such as cardamom from Sri Lanka, cassia bark from Vietnam, orange peel from Spain, coriander seed from the Czech Republic, angelica root from Germany.’
    • ‘Several herbs also help rebalance the female endocrine system, including angelica (dong quai), licorice root, black cohosh, and chasteberries.’
    • ‘When the plant angelica is distilled into essential oil for aromatherapy, it can improve mental clarity, enhance digestion and relieve cold symptoms.’
    • ‘Among the vegetation in the northern sector of the marsh lie tall herbs including meadow-sweet, wild angelica and figwort, while strands of yellow iris, greater tussock sedge and alder carr can also be seen.’
    • ‘His slides showed examples of phormium, umbellifors, ferns and grasses, such as yuccas, angelica, tree ferns, bamboos and pampas grass.’
    • ‘On this occasion, the garden boasted several types of basil, parsley, chives, angelica and mint as well as lettuce, tomatoes and kaffir limes!’
    1. 1.1The candied stalk of the angelica plant.
      • ‘The verb ‘to candy’ today indicates a method of preservation using sugar syrup; candied fruit, marrons glacés, candied ginger, and candied angelica all use this process.’
      • ‘For me, there was nothing quite so awesomely splendid as the Judge Jeffries sweet trolley, where everything was garnished with glacé cherries, ‘hundreds and thousands’, or tiny little green chunks of angelica.’
      • ‘Other tablets from Dufour are beautifully embedded with glacéed orange and lemon peel, and vividly-green pieces of candied angelica.’


Early 16th century: from medieval Latin (herba) angelica angelic (herb) so named because it was believed to be efficacious against poisoning and disease.