chic·​o·​ry | \ˈchi-k(ə-)rē \
variants: or less commonly chickory
plural chicories

Definition of chicory 

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

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Ingredients: 1 oz Cynar (PS: Cynar is a bitter aperitif made with artichoke that has richer flavors of chicory, coffee, and chocolate) 1 oz Punt e Mes ½ oz Fresh orange juice 1 tsp. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018 Seattle’s first chicory festival will be held Nov. 2-4. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "In defense of the dandelion," 9 Oct. 2018 In a small bowl, toss the remaining chicory with olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste, and place on top of the scallops. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Daniel Boulud's Scallop Rosettes with Spaghetti Squash," 4 Oct. 2013 This is especially true of the slightly-but-pleasantly-bitter Italian varieties of red chicory known as radicchio. David Tanis, New York Times, "In Winter, Take the Bitter With the Sweet," 19 Jan. 2018 Buy Photo The slim volume bound in animal skin represented the best the field of medicine had to offer 500 years ago: a compilation of remedies made from such ingredients as rabbit bones, ox tongue, and chicory. Tom Avril,, "Scans reveal secrets of medieval 'Harry Potter' book and medical texts at Penn," 14 May 2018 Toss the frisee or chicory with the dressing in a mixing bowl until evenly coated, then divide the salad among individual plates. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "Eggs in a hole, French edition," 12 June 2018 Spinach: Dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, leaf lettuce, mustard greens, collard greens, chicory and Swiss chard have fiber, folate and carotenoids, which have antioxidants. Allison Horton, miamiherald, "Want to reduce your odds of getting cancer? Stay active, lose weight and eat healthy | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 What tied it all together was the perfectly seasoned citrus vinaigrette that mellowed out the bitter chicory and spices. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Chefs may change at Frances, but the Castro restaurant remains a bright star," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of chicory

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chicory

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

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English Language Learners Definition of chicory

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

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