from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A variety of chicory with large roots, and forming a close head of leaves like that of a Cos lettuce.

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  • noun endive

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  • noun young broad-leaved endive plant deprived of light to form a narrow whitish head
  • noun widely cultivated herb with leaves valued as salad green; either curly serrated leaves or broad flat ones that are usually blanched


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

[Dutch dialectal : wit, white (from Middle Dutch; see kweit- in Indo-European roots) + loof, leaf (from Middle Dutch).]

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Dutch white leaf


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  • Endive (literally 'white-leaf')

    April 2, 2008

  • Sounds like a strange sort of sliced bread.

    April 2, 2008

  • Kind of like Wunderbrot.

    April 2, 2008

  • More specifically, a type of Belgian endive whose whitish coloration is achieved by blanching in cellars.

    January 4, 2009