• WordNet 3.6
    • n chives cylindrical leaves used fresh as a mild onion-flavored seasoning
    • n chives perennial having hollow cylindrical leaves used for seasoning
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1926, when a Los Angeles restaurant owner with the all-American name of Bob Cobb was looking for a way to use up leftovers, he threw together some avocado, celery, tomato, chives, watercress, hard-boiled eggs, chicken, bacon, and Roquefort cheese, and named it after himself: Cobb salad.
    • n chives (Bot) A perennial plant (Allium Schoenoprasum), allied to the onion, having hollow cylindrical leaves used for seasoning. The young leaves are used in omelets, etc.
    • chives the bulbous herb Allium Schoenoprasum used fresh as a mild onion-flavored seasoning.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cive, fr. L. cepa, caepa, onion. Cf. Cives Cibol


In literature:

Beat up two eggs with a little water or milk, salt, pepper, chives, and parsley.
"No Name" by Wilkie Collins
Mix highly seasoned cold cooked rice with some grated onion, chopped parsley and chives; add 2 dozen fine cut French sardines.
"365 Foreign Dishes" by Unknown
Chives should be planted 6 or 8 in.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
Lettuce, tomatoes cut in halves, sprinkled with powdered tarragon, and parsley or chives.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
To the tune of Chive Chase.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
Chive, to throw; pass (bad money).
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
Philadelphia cream cheese, chives.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
Some finely minced chives or parsley may be mixed into the eggs before baking.
"Desserts and Salads" by Gesine Lemcke
PROCESS: Mash and rub the egg yolks through a sieve, add seasonings (except cayenne), then vinegar and chives.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
Chop some mushrooms, chives, and parsley; mix these in the broth in which the ducks were braised.
"Dressed Game and Poultry à la Mode" by Harriet A. de Salis
In one grew some very fine chives or leeks; this was the kitchen garden.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
While she was unwrapping her sesame bagels, smoked sturgeon, and cream cheese with chives, she got an earful.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
Pepper, grated nutmeg, and chopped chives, may be added if liked.
"Hand-Book of Practical Cookery for Ladies and Professional Cooks" by Pierre Blot
Pots of parsley and chives occupied one of the sunny windows.
"Back at School with the Tucker Twins" by Nell Speed
For he was chived in the left lung.
"A Child of the Jago" by Arthur Morrison
Use a heaping tablespoonful of minced parsley, chives, and tarragon to eight well-beaten eggs, mixing before putting into the hot butter.
"The Myrtle Reed Cook Book" by Myrtle Reed
From the centre of the flower rises a kind of hollow cylinder, adorned with chives or filaments.
"Antigua and the Antiguans, Volume II (of 2)" by Anonymous
Prepare a maitre d'hotel sauce with chopped chervil and chives, and pour over the fish.
"The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book" by Victor Hirtzler
In the crevices of the whin-rock near the house chives grow abundantly.
"Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore" by Charles Hardwick
The Ustilar Pastesas and the Chiving Drao are still others.
"The Wolf Cub" by Patrick Casey

In poetry:

There the good wife doth return it,
Grumbling, as she shows the dish,
Chervil, basil, chives, and burnet
Feed, instead of seasoning, fish.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

Crab, garlic chive and chestnut steamed dumplings.
The Seasonal Charms of Green Garlic: Green Garlic, Chive and Red Pepper Frittata.
Chive flowers add color to planters and plates.
One 0.2-ounce jar dried chopped chives.
1 pinch of chives, thinly sliced.
Oprah uses thyme, oregano or chives to make these eggs.
And then, you make chive flower salt.
2 (8-ounce) containers fat-free plain yogurt 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 tablespoon minced parsley 1 tablespoon minced chive 1 teaspoon dried oregano.
"Bleichspargel" White Asparagus Baked white asparagus with bacon wraps "Schneebesen" Scrambled Eggs Len Style Scrambled eggs with roasted red pepper, jalapeno, chives, celery, onions, and garlic.
Split Pea Soup with Brown Butter, Coconut Milk and Chives.
Garlic chives in a greenhouse in Yamamoto Town in Miyagi Prefecture.
Spring chives star in a dinner of chicken breast in a creamy sauce, smashed potatoes and sauteed cherry tomatoes.
Chive blossoms provide an edible garnish.
Carrots with Chive Cream Sauce.
Try the carrots blanched, then sautéed with a bit of butter and topped with minced chives.