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Frisée is a French term recently introduced into English for the ‘curly endive’, a salad plant with the appearance of a straggly, unkempt lettuce. It has suffered considerably in the past from a confusion of nomenclature—in Britain it is called endive, in America chicory—and if the new name goes some way to remove this confusion it will have more than earned its place in the language. (In French it is short for chicorée frisée, literally ‘curly chicory’).

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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