chive

[ chahyv ]
/ tʃaɪv /

noun

a small bulbous plant, Allium schoenoprasum, related to the leek and onion, having long, slender leaves that are used as a seasoning.

Origin of chive

1350–1400; Middle English cive < Anglo-French chive, Old French civeLatin caepa onion
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chive

/ (tʃaɪv) /

noun

a small Eurasian purple-flowered alliaceous plant, Allium schoenoprasum, whose long slender hollow leaves are used in cooking to flavour soups, stews, etcAlso called: chives

Word Origin for chive

C14: from Old French cive, ultimately from Latin caepa onion
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