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chive

[ chahyv ]
/ tʃaɪv /
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noun

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

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Origin of chive

1350–1400; Middle English cive<Anglo-French chive,Old French cive ≪ Latin 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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