chic·​o·​ry | \ ˈchi-k(ə-)rē How to pronounce chicory (audio) \
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

Examples of chicory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The brewer has made beer with the same ingredients that are found in pepper spray, maple syrup and roasted chicory in the past. Chris Morris, Fortune, 13 May 2022 To add an Argentine twist to the main course, Aciar added as an accompaniment chicory and green beans, which were grilled over an open flame. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 At the excellent restaurant, Faula, chef Daniel Zeilinga uses herbs, vegetables and edible flowers from the property's biodynamic gardens for modernist takes on Piedmontese classics, like a carpaccio of local veal with anchovies and chicory sprouts. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 Thus, for years the word frisée supplanted the prosaic-sounding chicory on U.S. menus. Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2022 This stuff—made from chicory, burdock, and dandelion—tastes vaguely of dark butterscotch. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 26 Feb. 2022 Other prebiotic-rich foods include chicory root, dandelion greens, Jerusalem artichokes, leeks, barley, oats, cocoa, apples, pulses (beans, lentils, peas, chickpeas), nuts, flaxseed, and seaweed. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, 28 Jan. 2022 Monk fruit and stevia replace regular sugar while chicory root delivers upwards of nine grams of fiber per serving. Anna Haines, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 So local is the Anosteké Bloemeke (bloemeke means little flower), in fact, that in lieu of coffee, which comes from abroad, diners are served a local version made with roasted malts and chicory. Vivian Song, Robb Report, 23 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Chicory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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