Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of the parsley family.
  • n. A cultivated Eurasian herb (Petroselinum crispum) having flat or curled, ternately compound leaves.
  • n. The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning or garnish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. (uncountable) A bright green, biennial herb, Petroselinum crispum or Petroselinum neapolitanum having either flat or curled leaves.
  • n. The leaves of this plant used in Middle Eastern, European, and American cooking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An aromatic umbelliferous herb (Carum Petroselinum), having finely divided leaves which are used in cookery and as a garnish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A biennial garden-herb, Carum Petroselinum (Petroselinum sativum), a native of the eastern Mediterranean region, now widely cultivated and sometimes running wild.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. annual or perennial herb with aromatic leaves
  • n. aromatic herb with flat or crinkly leaves that are cut finely and used to garnish food

Etymologies

Middle English persely, from Old English petersilie and Old French persil, both ultimately from Late Latin petrosillum, alteration of Latin petroselīnum, from Greek petroselīnon : petrā, rock; + selīnon, celery.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin petroselinum (spelt also petroselinon), from Ancient Greek πετροσέλινον (petrosélinon, "parsley"), from πέτρος (pétros, "rock, stone") + σέλινον (sélinon, "celery"). (Wiktionary)

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