Definition of chicory in English:


Syllabification: chic·o·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈCHikərē

noun (plural chicories)

  • 1A blue-flowered Mediterranean plant of the daisy family, cultivated for its edible salad leaves and carrot-shaped root.
    • Cichorium intybus, family Compositae
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    • I usually make a chicory salad for afterwards, something crisp and slightly bitter.
    • Cut the base off the chicory and remove any damaged outer leaves.
    • He served salads of dandelion and strips of bacon, or chicory with garlic and croutons.
  • 1.1The root of the chicory plant, which is roasted and ground for use as an additive to or substitute for coffee.
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    • I am including roasted chicory in the list of exempted items as coffee itself is free from excise duty.
    • This herbal coffee is made from a blend of herbs, grains, fruits and nuts like chicory root, roasted carob and figs.
    • The café is considered to be the home of beignet and chicory coffee.
  • 2North American another term for endive.
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    • So endives, including Belgian endive, curly endive and escarole, are all chicories.


late Middle English: from obsolete French cicorée (earlier form of chicorée) 'endive', via Latin from Greek kikhorion.

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