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1. often chives A bulbous herb (Allium schoenoprasum) native to Eurasia, having clusters of usually pink to rose-violet flowers and cultivated for its long, slender, hollow leaves.
2. chives The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning.
[Middle English chive, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin cēpa, onion.]
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(Plants) a small Eurasian purple-flowered alliaceous plant, Allium schoenoprasum, whose long slender hollow leaves are used in cooking to flavour soups, stews, etc. Also called: chives
[C14: from Old French cive, ultimately from Latin caepa onion]
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a small bulbous plant, Allium schoenoprasum, related to the leek and onion, having long slender leaves used as a flavoring.
[1350–1400; Middle English cive < Anglo-French chive, Old French cive « Latin caepa onion]
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|Noun||1.||chive - perennial having hollow cylindrical leaves used for seasoning|
chives - cylindrical leaves used fresh as a mild onion-flavored seasoning
alliaceous plant - bulbous plants having a characteristic pungent onion odor
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