from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An annual Eurasian herb (Anthriscus cerefolium) in the parsley family, having aromatic leaves.
- n. The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning or garnish.
- n. Any of several related plants, such as those of the genus Chaerophyllum.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A leafy herb, Anthriscus cerefolium, resembling parsley.
- n. leaves from the plant, used as an herb in cooking, which have a mild flavour of anise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plant (Anthriscus cerefolium) with pinnately divided aromatic leaves, of which several curled varieties are used in soups and salads.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A garden pot-herb, Anthriscus Cerefolium, of the natural order Umbelliferœ. The bur or hemlock chervil is A. vulgaris; the wild or cow chervil, A. sylvestris. Both are natives of Europe.
- n. A name of several other plants of different genera.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fresh ferny parsley-like leaves used as a garnish with chicken and veal and omelets and green salads and spinach
- n. aromatic annual Old World herb cultivated for its finely divided and often curly leaves for use especially in soups and salads
Middle English, from Old English cerfille, from Latin chaerephyllum, from Greek khairephullon : khairein, to greet, delight in.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin chaerephylla, from Ancient Greek χαιρέφυλλον (Wiktionary)