Endive Definition

ĕndīv, ŏndēv
endives
noun
endives
A cultivated, lettucelike plant (Cichorium endivia) of the composite family: its curled, narrow leaves are cooked or blanched and used for salads.
Webster's New World
Another form of this vegetable with wide, smooth leaves, used as a potherb or in salads.
Webster's New World

The young leaves of chicory blanched for salads.

Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Endive

Noun

Singular:
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Plural:
endives

Origin of Endive

  • From Old French endive, from Medieval Latin *endiva or Late Latin *intibus, perhaps from Byzantine Greek *entybon. Ultimately of uncertain origin, indeed perhaps Egyptian Arabic طوبه (tybi, “January”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French from Medieval Latin endivia from Medieval Greek entubia pl. diminutive of Greek entubon from Latin intubus of unknown origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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