One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British A blue-flowered Mediterranean plant of the daisy family, cultivated for its edible salad leaves and carrot-shaped root.
Cichorium intybus, family Compositae
- ‘Remove the tray and dribble a few drops of balsamic vinegar over the chicory.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1mass noun The root of the chicory plant, which is roasted and ground for use as an additive to or substitute for 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.’
- ‘The café is considered to be the home of beignet and chicory coffee.’
- ‘This herbal coffee is made from a blend of herbs, grains, fruits and nuts like chicory root, roasted carob and figs.’
- ‘It has a hazelnut note, and there's chicory in it.’
2North Americananother term for endive
- ‘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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