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Pronunciation: (en'dīv, än'dēv; Fr. än-dēv'), [key]
pl. -divesPronunciation: (-dīvz, -dēvz; Fr. -dēv'). [key]

1. a composite plant, Cichorium endivia, having a rosette of often curly-edged leaves used in salads. Cf. escarole.
2. Also called Belgian endive, French endive, witloof. a young chicory plant, deprived of light to form a narrow head of whitish leaves that are eaten as a cooked vegetable or used raw in salads.
3. Furniture.an ornamental motif having the form of an arrangement of acanthus or endive leaves.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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