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

1350–1400; Middle English cive < Anglo-French chive, Old French civeLatin caepa onion Unabridged
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chive (tʃaɪv)
Also called: chives a small Eurasian purple-flowered alliaceous plant, Allium schoenoprasum, whose long slender hollow leaves are used in cooking to flavour soups, stews, etc
[C14: from Old French cive, ultimately from Latin caepa onion]

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c.1400, from O.Fr. cive, from L. cepa "onion" (see onion).
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Example sentences
He considered with similar reflection the onion bagel smeared with chive cream cheese.
Spoon into the shells and top with a crossed sprig of chives or a chive flower.
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