endive

noun en·dive \ ˈen-ˌdīv , ˌän-ˈdēv \
Updated on: 14 Feb 2018

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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Origin and Etymology of endive

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


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endive

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Definition of endive for English Language Learners

  • : a plant with curly green leaves that are eaten raw



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