en·​dive | \ ˈen-ˌdīv How to pronounce endive (audio) , ˌän-ˈdēv How to pronounce endive (audio) \

Definition of endive

1 : an annual or biennial composite herb (Cichorium endivia) that is closely related to chicory and occurs in two common varieties:
a : a variety (C. endivia crispa) having curly, usually dissected leaves : curly endive
b : a variety (C. endivia latifolium) having broad flat leaves used especially cooked as a vegetable : escarole

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Cut 2 endives into ½- inch rings and thinly slice 3 radishes. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "How to Win the Weekday Lunch Game," 30 Aug. 2018 The mayonnaise puffs and sets in much the same way a béchamel would, fusing with the blue cheese, bubbling and browning on top while preserving the moisture of the luscious endive beneath. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Why Mayonnaise is Magic," 9 Nov. 2018 Remove bowl of endive from refrigerator and add apple and cheese; season with salt and pepper. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "How to Cook a Valentine's Day Dinner That Shows You Care, but Not Like in a Really Over-the-Top Way," 19 Feb. 2018 Delicious and versatile, endive is the unsung hero of the crisper drawer. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "Endive Is a Chip and a Salad Green at the Same Damn Time," 19 Jan. 2018 Add the endive, ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste and toss to distribute. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Vinaigrettes and dressings to dress up meals," 1 June 2018 The Green and White salad will have shaved cauliflower, green apples, hearts of palm, pecorino cheese, and endive, tossed in a lime vinaigrette and topped with pumpkin seeds. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Enjoy lunch in an upscale boutique, plus other restaurant openings," 9 Apr. 2018 Plant seeds for lima and snap beans, beets, carrots, celery, chard, cucumbers, endive, fennel, jicama, melons, mustard, okra, potatoes, radish, soybeans, spinach, summer and winter squash, turnips and watermelon. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Get your green thumbs into high gear | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Apr. 2018 Cut the endive in halve lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide slices. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Hungry for salad season? Citrus salads will get you through | Charlotte Observer," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of endive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for endive

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin endivia, from Late Greek entybion, from Latin intubus

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English Language Learners Definition of endive

: a plant with curly green leaves that are eaten raw

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