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chicory (n.)

popular name of a common blue-flowered plant (Cichorium intybus) cultivated for its root, late 14c., cicoree (modern form from mid-15c.), from Old French cicorée "endive, chicory" (15c., Modern French chicorée), from Latin cichoreum, from Greek kikhorion (plural kikhoreia) "endive," which is of unknown origin. Klein suggests a connection with Old Egyptian keksher "chicory" (the plant is said to have been grown and used in ancient Egypt). The modern English form is from French influence. Compare endive.

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Definitions of chicory from WordNet

chicory (n.)
the dried root of the chicory plant: used as a coffee substitute;
Synonyms: chicory root
chicory (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;
Synonyms: succory / chicory plant / Cichorium intybus
chicory (n.)
root of the chicory plant roasted and ground to substitute for or adulterate coffee;
Synonyms: chicory root
chicory (n.)
crisp spiky leaves with somewhat bitter taste;
Synonyms: curly endive
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