Definition of endive in English:

endive

Line breaks: en¦dive
Pronunciation: /ˈɛndʌɪv
 
, -dɪv/

noun

  • 1British An edible Mediterranean plant, the bitter leaves of which may be used in salads.
    • Cichorium endivia, family Compositae. The varieties of endive are placed in two groups: curly endive, with curled leaves, and Batavian endive, with smooth leaves
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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 chicory crown.
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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.

Origin

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

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