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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Chive
A filament of a stamen.
A perennial plant (Allium Schoenoprasum), allied to the onion, having hollow cylindrical leaves used for seasoning. The young leaves are used in omelets, etc.
  1. the bulbous herb Allium Schoenoprasum used fresh as a mild onion-flavored seasoning.

Etymology: F. cive, fr. L. cepa caepa, onion. Cf. Cives Cibol

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  1. Perennial having hollow cylindrical leaves used for seasoning

Middle English, from Old French cive, from Latin cepa (“onion”).

  1. A perennial plant, Allium schoenoprasum, related to the onion.
  2. (in plural ) The leaves of this plant used as a herb.

chive was also found in the following language(s): Spanish

Fun Facts about the name Chive

  • When was the first name Chive first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Chive is Tuesday, May 15th, 1923.
  • How unique is the name Chive? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Chive. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Chive: Your name in reverse order is Evihc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ihcev. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Chive born Aug 30, 1974

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Southern Japan approximately on 1200. Your profession was trainer and holder of the fine animals, birds, and insects.

You were a person with huge energy, good in planning and supervising. If you were just a garbage-man, you were chief garbage-man. You are bound to learn to understand other people and to meet all life difficulties with joyful heart. You should help others, bringing them spirit of joy.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.