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.

    Cichorium intybus, family Compositae

    • ‘Cut the base off the chicory and remove any damaged outer leaves.’
    • ‘I usually make a chicory salad for afterwards, something crisp and slightly bitter.’
    • ‘Remove the tray and dribble a few drops of balsamic vinegar over the chicory.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The root of the chicory plant, which is roasted and ground for use as an additive to or substitute for coffee.
      • ‘The café is considered to be the home of beignet and chicory coffee.’
      • ‘Then on June 29, after drinking a cup of chicory, she felt a dreadful pain in her abdomen.’
      • ‘I am including roasted chicory in the list of exempted items as coffee itself is free from excise duty.’
      • ‘It has a hazelnut note, and there's chicory in it.’
      • ‘This herbal coffee is made from a blend of herbs, grains, fruits and nuts like chicory root, roasted carob and figs.’
  • 2North American

    another 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/