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chicory

noun chic·o·ry \ˈchi-k(ə-)rē\

Simple Definition of chicory

  • : a European plant that has bitter-tasting leaves that are often used in salads

Full Definition of chicory

plural chic·o·ries

  1. 1 :  a thick-rooted usually blue-flowered European perennial composite herb (Cichorium intybus) widely grown for its roots and as a salad plant — compare belgian endive, radicchio

  2. 2 :  the dried ground roasted root of chicory used to flavor or adulterate coffee

Variants of chicory

also chick·o·ry play \ˈchi-k(ə-)rē\

Origin of chicory

alteration of Middle English cicoree, from Anglo-French, from Latin cichoreum, from Greek kichoreia


First Known Use: 15th century

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