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

  • n. See endive.

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  • n. endive

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


Dutch dialectal : wit, white (from Middle Dutch) + loof, leaf (from Middle Dutch).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Dutch white leaf (Wiktionary)



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

    January 4, 2009

  • Kind of like Wunderbrot.

    April 2, 2008

  • Sounds like a strange sort of sliced bread.

    April 2, 2008

  • Endive (literally 'white-leaf')

    April 2, 2008