chicory

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noun chic·o·ry \ˈchi-k(ə-)rē\

Definition of chicory

plural

chicories

  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

less commonly

chickory

Origin and Etymology of chicory

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


First Known Use: 15th century


CHICORY Defined for English Language Learners

chicory

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noun chic·o·ry \ˈchi-k(ə-)rē\

Definition of chicory for English Language Learners

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


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