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 cive ≪ Latin caepa onion
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Examples from the Web for chive
Historical Examples of chive
"Only a prince and a chive," said the man, disgustedly, meaning my half-crown and a jack-knife.
Add one chive, one cardamon, two cloves, half a nutmeg and salt to taste.
The chive rarely forms seeds, and it is propagated by the bulbs, which grow in clusters.
If small, serve whole; if large, cut them in one-half inch cubes and reheat in Chive Sauce.
British Dictionary definitions for chive
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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Word Origin and History for chive
c.1400, from Old North French chive (Old French, Modern French cive, 13c.), from Latin cepa "onion" (see onion).
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