from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A perennial herb (Cichorium intybus) of the composite family, native to the Old World and widely naturalized in North America, having rayed flower heads with usually blue florets. Also called succory.
- n. Any of various forms of this plant cultivated for their edible leaves, such as radicchio.
- n. The dried, roasted, ground roots of this plant, used as an adulterant of or substitute for coffee.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Either of two plants of the Asteraceae family: true chicory (Cichorium intybus) and endive (Cichorium endivia)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A branching perennial plant (Cichorium Intybus) with bright blue flowers, growing wild in Europe, Asia, and America; also cultivated for its roots and as a salad plant; succory; wild endive. See endive.
- n. The root, which is roasted for mixing with coffee.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The popular name of Cichorium Intybus, a composite plant common in waste places, found throughout Europe and Asia as far as India, and naturalized in the United States.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. perennial Old World herb having rayed flower heads with blue florets cultivated for its root and its heads of crisp edible leaves used in salads
- n. root of the chicory plant roasted and ground to substitute for or adulterate coffee
- n. the dried root of the chicory plant: used as a coffee substitute
- n. crisp spiky leaves with somewhat bitter taste
Middle English cicoree (from Old French cichoree) and French chicorée, both from Latin cichorium, cichorēum, from Greek kikhoreia, pl. diminutive of kikhorā.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French chicorée, from Old French cicoree, from Late Latin *cichōria, from Latin cichōrium, from Ancient Greek. (Wiktionary)