chives
chive chive, chives chives, n. [F. cive, fr. L. cepa, caepa, onion. Cf. {Cives}, {Cibol}.] (Bot.) A perennial plant ({Allium Schoenoprasum}), allied to the onion, having hollow cylindrical leaves used for seasoning. The young leaves are used in omelets, etc. [Written also {cive}.]

Syn: chive, cive, schnittlaugh, {Allium schoenoprasum}. [1913 Webster]

2. the bulbous herb {Allium Schoenoprasum} used fresh as a mild onion-flavored seasoning. [WordNet 1.5]


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  • chives — [tʃaıvz] n [plural] the long thin green leaves of a plant with purple flowers. Chives taste like onion and are used in cooking …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • chives — [chīvz] pl.n. 〚ME cive < OFr < L cepa, onion〛 [sometimes with sing. v.] a hardy, perennial herb ( Allium schoenoprasum) of the lily family, with small, slender, hollow leaves having a mild onion odor: used to flavor soups, stews, etc. * * * …   Universalium

  • chives — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ a small plant with long tubular leaves used as a culinary herb. ORIGIN Old French, from Latin cepa onion …   English terms dictionary

  • chives — [chīvz] pl.n. [ME cive < OFr < L cepa, onion] [sometimes with sing. v.] a hardy, perennial herb ( Allium schoenoprasum) of the lily family, with small, slender, hollow leaves having a mild onion odor: used to flavor soups, stews, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Chives — This article is about the plant Chives. For other uses, see Chives (disambiguation). Chives Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

  • Chives — 45° 57′ 32″ N 0° 07′ 33″ W / 45.9589, 0.1258 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • chives — noun 1. perennial having hollow cylindrical leaves used for seasoning • Syn: ↑chive, ↑cive, ↑schnittlaugh, ↑Allium schoenoprasum • Hypernyms: ↑alliaceous plant 2. cylindrical leaves used fresh as a mild onion flavored seasoning …   Useful english dictionary

  • chives — [[t]tʃa͟ɪvz[/t]] N PLURAL Chives are the long thin hollow green leaves of a herb with purple flowers. Chives are cut into small pieces and added to food to give it a flavour similar to onions …   English dictionary

  • chives — [14] The Latin for ‘onion’ was cēpa. The only member of the onion family to carry a reminiscence of that name in English is chives (although it crops up too in chipolata [19], which comes from Italian cipollata ‘with onions’, a derivative of… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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