- a composite plant, Cichorium intybus, having bright-blue flower heads and toothed oblong leaves, cultivated as a salad plant and for its root, which is used roasted and ground as a substitute for or additive to coffee.Compare endive(def 2).
- the root of this plant.
Origin of chicory
Examples from the Web for chiccory
It is bad to leave the mountains, but chiccory is not palatable either.Ginger-Snaps
Endive and chiccory should be added to the list of vegetable salads.The Art of Entertaining</p>
M. E. W. Sherwood
It is best exemplified in the Dandelion and in Chiccory (Fig. 266).The Elements of Botany
Chiccory I don't like, spite of the doctor, who says it is wholesome.
Hasn't the man trouble enough without tackling your chiccory?The Nerve of Foley
Frank H. Spearman
- a variant spelling of chicory
- Also called: succory a blue-flowered plant, Cichorium intybus, cultivated for its leaves, which are used in salads, and for its roots: family Asteraceae (composites)
- the root of this plant, roasted, dried, and used as a coffee substitute
Word Origin and History for chiccory
late 14c., cicoree (modern form from mid-15c.), from Middle French cichorée "endive, chicory" (15c., Modern French chicorée), from Latin cichoreum, from Greek kikhorion (plural kikhoreia) "endive," of unknown origin. Klein suggests a connection with Old Egyptian keksher. The modern English form is from French influence.