- a composite plant, Cichorium endivia, having a rosette of often curly-edged leaves used in salads.Compare escarole.
- Also called Belgian endive, French endive, witloof. a young chicory plant, deprived of light to form a narrow head of whitish leaves that are eaten as a cooked vegetable or used raw in salads.
- Furniture. an ornamental motif having the form of an arrangement of acanthus or endive leaves.
Origin of endive
Examples from the Web for endive
Being from the southwest of France, it is thanks to endive that I realize that there is exceptional produce everywhere.Fresh Picks
September 22, 2009
Make walnut oil-Champagne vinegar vinaigrette to dress a salad of endive, toasted walnuts, and roasted and diced golden beets.The Way To Dress A Naked Salad
July 7, 2009
Decorate with sprigs of endive, placing a large tuft at the top.
Decorate it with endive, and put a border of aspic jelly round it.
Endive is a hardy annual, said to be a native of China and Japan.The Field and Garden Vegetables of America
The Endive is a variety of this species, or another species of the same genus.Botany for Ladies
Others, like chicory, an endive like the dandelion, are injurious.Six Cups of Coffee
- a plant, Cichorium endivia, cultivated for its crisp curly leaves, which are used in salads: family Asteraceae (composites)Compare chicory
Word Origin and History for endive
late 14c., from Old French endive, from Medieval Latin endiva or Late Latin intibus, perhaps from Medieval Greek entybon (though OED considers this a borrowing from Latin), which is perhaps of Eastern origin (perhaps from Egyptian tybi "January," which is when the plant grows in Egypt).