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 endiveb : a variety (C. endivia latifolium) having broad flat leaves used especially cooked as a vegetable : escarole
2 : Belgian endive
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Raw cucumber, dill, carrots, garlic scapes, radishes, and convenient spoonlike spears of endive appeared on my board.
This combination features crunchy fennel and apple, along with slightly bitter Belgian endive.
Many stringy vegetables such as leeks or endives benefit from a braise as well.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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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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