Definition of endive in English:


Syllabification: en·dive
Pronunciation: /ˈenˌdīv, ˈänˌdēv


  • 1An edible Mediterranean plant whose bitter leaves may be blanched and used in salads.
    • Cichorium endivia, family Compositae (including both curly-leaved and smooth-leaved varieties)
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    • This could be served with leaves of bitter endive or a bowl of small boiled potatoes for dipping.
    • All you need to accompany this dish is a bitter, leafy salad like rocket and endives in an olive oil and lemon dressing.
    • The company also produces bulb onions, parsnips, leeks, endives, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflowers, cabbage, swede and about five per cent of Britain's asparagus crop.
  • 2 (also Belgian endive) North American A young, typically blanched chicory plant, eaten as a cooked vegetable or in salads.
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    • There's also endive and chicory which I will talk about later, which is a cousin of lettuce, but is technically not lettuce.
    • So endives, including Belgian endive, are all chicories.
    • The chicory clan - Belgian endive, radicchio, and escarole - is sneaking into more and more produce sections.


late Middle English (also denoting the sow thistle): via Old French from medieval Latin endivia, based on Greek entubon.

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