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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Eurasian bulbous herb (Allium schoenoprasum) in the lily family, having clusters of usually pink to rose-violet flowers and cultivated for its long, slender, hollow leaves. Often used in the plural.
  • n. The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plant that is perennial (Allium schoenoprasum), related to the onion.
  • n. The leaves of this plant used as a herb.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A filament of a stamen.
  • n. A perennial plant (Allium Schoenoprasum), allied to the onion, having hollow cylindrical leaves used for seasoning. The young leaves are used in omelets, etc.
  • n. the bulbous herb Allium Schoenoprasum used fresh as a mild onion-flavored seasoning.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A piece cut off.
  • n. In botany, the filament which supports the anther of a flower; a stamen.
  • n. Same as cive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. perennial having hollow cylindrical leaves used for seasoning

Etymologies

Middle English chive, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin cēpa, onion.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Old French cive, from Latin cepa ("onion"). (Wiktionary)

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