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

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One of the essential tastes of the Passover meal is bitter herbs, often in the form of raw horseradish or leaves of chicory. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "Learning to Love Bitter Tastes," 19 Apr. 2019 Radicchio is a type of Italian red chicory that is deliciously bitter and brilliantly colored. Susan Russo,, "Easy recipes for a pasta party," 2 Apr. 2018 But while chicories have a reputation for being bitter, sometimes aggressively so, endive is mellow, refreshing, and easy to love. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "Endive Is a Chip and a Salad Green at the Same Damn Time," 19 Jan. 2018 Sure, there’s an extremely mild bitterness, but its leaves have a high moisture content that keeps the astringency in check, meaning the endive tastes crisp, fresh, and clean when compared to other, more intensely flavored chicories. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "Endive Is a Chip and a Salad Green at the Same Damn Time," 19 Jan. 2018 Add half the chicory, season to taste with salt and pepper, and toss until wilted. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Daniel Boulud's Scallop Rosettes with Spaghetti Squash," 4 Oct. 2013 That’s a type of chicory, a member of an entirely different genus. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "In defense of the dandelion," 9 Oct. 2018 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

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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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