- 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
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Historical Examples of chive
"Only a prince and a chive," said the man, disgustedly, meaning my half-crown and a jack-knife.Jim Davis
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.The Vegetable Garden
If small, serve whole; if large, cut them in one-half inch cubes and reheat in Chive Sauce.Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners
Elizabeth O. Hiller
- 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
c.1400, from Old North French chive (Old French, Modern French cive, 13c.), from Latin cepa "onion" (see onion).