Definition of chicory in English:

chicory

noun

  • 1British A blue-flowered Mediterranean plant of the daisy family, cultivated for its edible salad leaves and carrot-shaped root.

    • ‘Remove the tray and dribble a few drops of balsamic vinegar over the chicory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fennel, dandelions, and chicory are three with beautiful flowers that attract bees and beneficial insects.’
    • ‘I usually make a chicory salad for afterwards, something crisp and slightly bitter.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun] The root of the chicory plant, which is roasted and ground for use as an additive to or substitute for coffee.
      • ‘It has a hazelnut note, and there's chicory in it.’
      • ‘The café is considered to be the home of beignet and chicory coffee.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then on June 29, after drinking a cup of chicory, she felt a dreadful pain in her abdomen.’
  • 2

    North American term for endive
    • ‘So endives, including Belgian endive, curly endive and escarole, are all chicories.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

chicory

/ˈtʃɪk(ə)ri/