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).

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chicory ‎(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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