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[chahyv] /tʃaɪv/
a small bulbous plant, Allium schoenoprasum, related to the leek and onion, having long, slender leaves that are used as a seasoning.
Origin of chive
1350-1400; Middle English cive < Anglo-French chive, Old French civeLatin caepa onion Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chives
  • 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.
  • Mix the tarragon and chives with the chopped vegetables and other seasonings, then add lemon juice.
  • Stir together mayonnaise, chives, and a pinch each of salt and pepper.
  • With a lavender-colored flower and tubular, hollow leaves, chives are as pretty as they are tasty.
  • Drain the vegetables and toss them with the chives and a small amount of lemon oil.
British Dictionary definitions for chives


a small Eurasian purple-flowered alliaceous plant, Allium schoenoprasum, whose long slender hollow leaves are used in cooking to flavour soups, stews, etc Also called chives
Word Origin
C14: from Old French cive, ultimately from Latin caepa onion
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Word Origin and History for chives



c.1400, from Old North French chive (Old French, Modern French cive, 13c.), from Latin cepa "onion" (see onion).

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