- 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.
- chives The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning.
Origin of chiveMiddle English chive, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin c&emacron;pa, onion.
- A perennial plant, Allium schoenoprasum, related to the onion.
- (in plural chives) The leaves of this plant used as a herb.
Middle English, from Old French cive, from Latin cepa (“onion").