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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several varieties of chicory, having red or red-spotted leaves that form globose or elongated heads.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a form of chicory with red leaves and a slightly bitter taste, eaten as a salad vegetable

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. prized variety of chicory having globose heads of red leaves

Etymologies

Italian, from Old Italian, chicory, from Vulgar Latin *rādīculum, from Latin rādīcula, diminutive of rādīx, rādīc-, root; see radish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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