noun \ˈchi-k(ə-)rē\

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

plural chic·o·ries

Full Definition of CHICORY

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

Variants of CHICORY

chic·o·ry also chick·o·ry \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

Rhymes with CHICORY


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Blue-flowered perennial plant (Cichorium intybus) of the aster family (Asteraceae). Native to Europe, it was introduced to the U.S. late in the 19th century. Chicory has a long, fleshy taproot; a rigid, branching, hairy stem; and lobed, toothed leaves, similar in appearance to dandelion leaves, around the base. Both roots and leaves are edible. The roots are used as a flavouring in or substitute for coffee. The plant is also grown as a fodder or herbage crop for cattle.


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