- 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 chicory
The thick coffee, in two small gilt-edged cups and with that bitter bite of near-burnt Arabic chicory, has gone cold.The New World Disorder
Joshua Cooper Ramo
April 7, 2009
The mistress made it very strong and without a grain of chicory.L'Assommoir
How may the presence of chicory in ground coffee be detected?Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value
I have heard of chicory; isn't it used as a substitute for coffee?The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island
Roger Thompson Finlay
Of those, chicory most nearly resembles coffee in flavor and taste.Commercial Geography
Jacques W. Redway
A scent came from her, too—but faint, as ever was the scent of chicory flower.Fraternity
- 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 chicory
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.