- 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
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.