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 Palace also partnered with local roaster French Truck Coffee on its own chicory coffee blend. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, "How Commander's Palace stays connected from afar, from delivery to chef-led Zoom dinners," 27 Nov. 2020 As well as more than 500 houses, the Sustainable City is home to 11 biodome greenhouses, where the community's management grows up to 1 million pots of leafy produce annually, including chives and chicory. Giovanni Prati, CNN, "For one year, this man is eating only what's grown at Dubai's Sustainable City," 20 Jan. 2021 Combining mild, subtly bitter chicory greens with sweet shrimp is an easy win. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "21 Recipes You Should Be Cooking This January," 24 Dec. 2020 Good sources of inulin include artichoke, asparagus, and chicory root. USA Today, "How to strengthen your immune system this winter," 17 Dec. 2020 For dessert, the restaurant serves beignets and chicory coffee. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Argyle gets spicy new restaurant, ‘where French Quarter meets backwater Cajun’," 5 Nov. 2020 Or the punchiest, purplest chicory Caesar salad to break up the heftier bites. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appétit, "Give Thanks for These 80 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Dishes," 29 Oct. 2020 This caffeine-free tea is autumn in a cup, with ingredients including cinnamon, ginger, hibiscus, apple, roasted chicory and orange peel. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "Our 12 favorite fall foods from Trader Joe’s," 5 Oct. 2020 Most commonly found in Italian cuisine, radicchio looks like red cabbage but is part of the chicory family, and is prized for its slightly bitter flavor that mellows when cooked. Judy Walker,, "Surprise vegetables in farmers market boxes can jazz up your meals: Try these easy recipes," 23 Sep. 2020

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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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“Chicory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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