any of a number of related plants (genus Angelica) of the umbel family, with tall stalks, large divided leaves, clusters of white or greenish flowers, and roots and fruit used in flavoring, perfumes, medicine, etc.
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Word origin of 'angelica'
ModL < ML (herba) angelica
, lit., the angelic (herb) < LL(Ec) angelicus
): so named from its medical uses