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
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)