fool's-parsley love


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

  • n. A poisonous European weed (Aethusa cynapium) having finely divided leaves, umbels of small white flowers, and an unpleasant odor.


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  • Among other plants which may cause serious mischief, but are seldom suspected, are such harmless-looking flowers as the meadowsweet, herb-paris, the common fool's-parsley, found growing in quantities in the gardens of unlet houses and neglected ground which has been in cultivation, mezereon, columbine, and laburnum.

    The Naturalist on the Thames


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