chicory

noun chic·o·ry \ ˈchi-k(ə-)rē \
variants: or less commonly chickory

Definition of chicory

plural chicories
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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Origin and Etymology of chicory

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


CHICORY Defined for English Language Learners

chicory

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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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