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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Recent Examples on the Web Other studies claim that chicory is also risky for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "Is Chicory Root Coffee Good for You? Here's What to Know About Its Health Benefits," 3 Feb. 2020 Additional notes of carob, chicory, black pepper, Chinese star anise, cloves, and cassia oil round out this flavorful, warm cuppa. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "Republic of Tea Now Has Two Teas Inspired by Hallmark’s "Countdown to Christmas"," 10 Nov. 2019 Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Lemon Dressing Combining mild, subtly bitter chicory greens with sweet shrimp is an easy win. Sunset Magazine, "The Recipes You Should Be Cooking This January," 2 Jan. 2020 Winter Greens + Calabrian Chili Blanch chicories, collard greens, kale, or other tough winter greens in salted water for about three minutes or until crunch is gone. Lizzie Noonan, Bon Appétit, "How to Make Even the Most Stubborn Winter Vegetables Taste Like Luxury," 16 Dec. 2019 Especially paired with slightly bitter chicory and funky blue cheese. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "8 fall salad recipes to usher you into the season," 23 Sep. 2019 When Baron first tasted the Tobala variety of Mezcal Carreno, the herbaceous flavor reminded him of chicory inspiring the idea for a coffee and mezcal combination. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "If you like Irish coffee, try a Southwestern riff on the cocktail at this Scottsdale hotel," 19 Dec. 2019 Rounding out the opening menu are other healthful options, with a red romaine and chicory Caesar, a mixed vegetable grain bowl. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "First look: Mama Bird, a healthful grilled chicken restaurant from the Stacked Sandwiches team," 26 Sep. 2019 Next, Darden uses her brand's cleansing serum, which includes gentle ingredients like olive and chicory leaf extract. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Celebrity Skin Expert Shani Darden Shares Her Nightly Routine," 29 Oct. 2019

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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 9 Apr. 2020.

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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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