chive

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

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English cive < Anglo-French chive, Old French civeLatin caepa onion

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chive (tʃaɪv)
 
n
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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chive
c.1400, from O.Fr. cive, from L. cepa "onion" (see onion).
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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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