radicchio

[rah-dee-kee-oh, ruh-]
noun
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] .


Origin:
< Italian

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

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  it is the red lettuce to use in salads.
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