chive

noun
\ ˈchīv How to pronounce chive (audio) \

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 in a Sentence

Do you want chives on your baked potato?
Recent Examples on the Web For instance, woody herbs like thyme, rosemary and sage are much more draught tolerant than basil, chives and parsley, which like plenty of water. cleveland, 1 June 2020 Remove lid and continue roasting for additional 30 to 35 minutes, until interior temperature of chicken is 165 F. Garnish with fresh dill and chives. Dallas News, 22 May 2020 Our recipe for an old-school quiche Lorraine features bacon and Gruyère with a hint of cayenne and chives for garnish. Saveur, 15 May 2020 The sandwich — two big slices of the house sourdough brushed on the outside with butter and on the inside with bechamel sauce and then stuffed with caramelized onions, Comté cheese and chives — went on the griddle. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, 1 May 2020 In a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, buttermilk, lemon juice, coconut aminos, celery salt, garlic, chives and parsley until smooth. The View, ABC News, 6 Mar. 2020 Their vision was a sit-down restaurant specializing in Japanese curry, but with a long menu full of other dishes such as cold tofu in dashi, eggplant glazed with sweet miso and chives rolled up in yuba sheets. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, 8 Apr. 2020 Green flecks announce the presence of loroco, a flowering vine whose unopened buds are deployed as a chive-like herb, only milder. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2020 Make the chive sour cream: In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream and 2 tablespoons of the chives; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, 3 May 2019 See More

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First Known Use of chive

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chive

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin cepa onion

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“Chive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chive. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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