noun \ˈchīv\

: a plant that is related to the onion

chives : the long thin leaves of the chive plant that are cut into small pieces and used for flavoring food

Full Definition of CHIVE

:  a perennial plant (Allium schoenoprasum) related to the onion and having slender leaves used as a seasoning; also :  its leaves —usually used in plural — compare garlic chive

Examples of CHIVE

  1. Do you want chives on your baked potato?

Origin of CHIVE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin cepa onion
First Known Use: 14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Wild chives (Allium schoenoprasum)—Ingmar Holmasen

Small hardy perennial plant (Allium schoenoprasum) of the family Alliaceae, related to the onion. Its small, white, elongated bulbs and thin, tubular leaves grow in clumps. Dense, attractive, spherical umbels of bluish or lilac flowers rise above the foliage. The leaves may be cut off at ground level and used for seasoning foods.


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