chicory

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English[edit]

A common chicory (Cichorium intybus) flower.

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French chicorée, from Old French cicoree, from Late Latin *cichōria, from Latin cichōrium, from Ancient Greek κιχώριον ‎(kikhṓrion).

Noun[edit]

chicory ‎(countable and uncountable, plural chicories)

  1. Either of two plants of the Asteraceae family
    1. Common chicory (Cichorium intybus), the source of radicchio, Belgian endive, and sugarloaf.
    2. endive (Cichorium endivia)
  2. A coffee substitute made from the roasted roots of the common chicory, sometimes used as a cheap adulterant in real coffee.

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