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[rah-dee-kee-oh, ruh-] /rɑˈdi kiˌoʊ, rə-/
a variety of chicory originating in Italy, having a compact head of reddish, white-streaked leaves: leaves and roots may be cooked or used raw in salads.
Also, radichio.
Also called radichetta
[rah-di-ket-uh] /ˌrɑ dɪˈkɛt ə/ (Show IPA)
Origin of radicchio
< Italian Unabridged
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Examples from the web for radicchio
  • Ingredients for cream of lettuce soup, risotto with radicchio, and peach sorbet are handpicked from the organic kitchen garden.
  • Bitter radicchio contrasts nicely with a nutty ricotta filling.
  • radicchio of course, has conquered the world: common in hip markets worldwide it is the red lettuce to use in salads.
  • The endive on this colorful plate is as crisp as the slivers of apple and the biting radicchio around it.
  • Endive, radicchio and watercress salad with tarragon crab dressing.
  • radicchio usually has variegated red or red and green leaves.
British Dictionary definitions for radicchio


noun (pl) -chios
an Italian variety of chicory, having purple leaves streaked with white that are eaten raw in salads
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