Chicory (noun)

  1. A perennial plant that has blue or purple flowers and a long, thick root, which is roasted and ground to make a coffee substitute or additive.
  2. The leaves of this plant can also be eaten as a salad green or cooked as a vegetable.


Mid 17th century: from french cichorée, from italian cicoria, from latin cichorium, from greek kikhorion, of uncertain origin.


  1. The restaurant served coffee with chicory.
  2. Chicory is a good source of inulin, a type of carbohydrate.
  3. The chicory root can be used to make a coffee substitute.
  4. Chicory leaves are a popular salad green in southern cuisine.
  5. I like to add some roasted chicory root to my coffee for a unique flavor.
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