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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

Examples of endive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wagyu tartare with quail yolk ($21) and bibb, endive and beet with warm goat cheese salads ($11 to $17). San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2021 Peppler suggests fennel, radishes, those thin green beans the French call haricots vert, baby potatoes, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, tiny lettuce leaves and endive. Washington Post, 1 July 2021 Columbia and Snake River Valleys, Ontario: Plant Chinese cabbage and endive. oregonlive, 3 Aug. 2021 The strapping entrees are best preceded by a salad, the most colorful and refreshing of which blends biting endive, radicchio and arugula with juicy oranges and pistachios. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 Medford: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, chives, endive, leeks, lettuce, peas, radishes, rhubarb, rutabagas, spinach and turnips. oregonlive, 7 Apr. 2021 His best salad highlights shaved Brussels sprouts and crisp apple, although a spear of the fork also brings up sharp blue cheese, roasted grapes, bitter endive and toasted pecans, every bite better for its bright green goddess dressing. Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2021 Passion fruit, of course, is more often dessert than dinner, but its fruitiness seems to complement the endive’s bitterness (akin to how sweet often works with sour). Bill Buford, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2021 Directions Start the salad: In a medium bowl, combine fennel and endive. Jane Black, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2020 See More

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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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“Endive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endive. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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