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endive

[ en-dahyv, ahn-deev; French ahn-deev ]
/ ˈɛn daɪv, ˈɑn div; French ɑ̃ˈdiv /
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noun, plural en·dives [en-dahyvz, ahn-deevz; French ahn-deev]. /ˈɛn daɪvz, ˈɑn divz; French ɑ̃ˈdiv/.

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.

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Origin of endive

1325–75; Middle English <Middle French ≪ Medieval Greek entýbia, plural of entýbion, derivative of earlier éntybon<Latin intubum,intibum, earlier intubus chicory, endive, perhaps <Semitic
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British Dictionary definitions for endive

endive
/ (ˈɛndaɪv) /

noun

a plant, Cichorium endivia, cultivated for its crisp curly leaves, which are used in salads: family Asteraceae (composites)Compare chicory

Word Origin for endive

C15: from Old French, from Medieval Latin endīvia, variant of Latin intubus, entubus, of uncertain origin
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