from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) An aromatic umbelliferous herb (Carum Petroselinum), having finely divided leaves which are used in cookery and as a garnish.
  • noun See under Fool.
  • noun names given to various weeds of similar appearance to the parsley.
  • noun (Bot.) a small fern with leaves resembling parsley (Cryptogramme crispa).
  • noun (Bot.) a small herb (Alchemilla arvensis) formerly used as a remedy for calculus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Middle English persely, from Old English petersilie and Old French persil, both ultimately from Late Latin petresilium, alteration of Latin petroselīnum, from Greek petroselīnon : petrā, rock; see per- in Indo-European roots + selīnon, celery.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin petroselinum (spelt also petroselinon), from Ancient Greek πετροσέλινον (petrosélinon, "parsley"), from πέτρος (pétros, "rock, stone") + σέλινον (sélinon, "celery").



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