chicory

or chic·co·ry

[ chik-uh-ree ]
/ ˈtʃɪk ə ri /

noun, plural chic·o·ries.

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.

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Origin of chicory

1350–1400; < Middle French chicoree, alteration of earlier cicoree (by influence of Italian cicoria) < Latin cichorēa < Greek kichória, kíchora (neuter plurals); replacing Middle English cicoree < Middle French
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British Dictionary definitions for chicory

chicory
/ (ˈtʃɪkərɪ) /

noun plural -ries

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
Compare endive

Word Origin for chicory

C15: from Old French chicorée, from Latin cichorium, from Greek kikhōrion
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