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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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from O.Fr. cive, from L. cepa "onion" (see onion).
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Example sentences
The main-course strata pairs eggs and asparagus accented with salty prosciutto,
  lemon, and chives.
Serve hot or cold with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of chives, and a
  squeeze of lemon juice.
Tarragon, chives, and parsley temper the richness of the hazelnuts.
Add the chives, the remaining salt and pepper to taste.
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