from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of umbelliferous plants, including the cultivated parsley and two or three other species, now made a subgenus of Carum, and characterized by its obsolete calyx-teeth, smooth ovate fruit, dissected leaves with narrow or thread-like segments, and yellow, white, or greenish flowers. See parsley and ache.
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- n. parsley
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The bottom had fallen out of the parsley market, leaving him with acres and acres of petroselinum crispum that wasn't worth the cost of the gas it would take to harvest the stuff.
Perejil (parsley) petroselinum crispum: A self-seeding biennial, Mexican flat-leaved parsley is typically added at the end of cooking stews, soups and green moles.
Common Parsley or Petroselinum crispum has quite a few synonyms in its taxonomy: Apium crispum, Apium petroselinum, Carum petroselinum, Petroselinum hortense, Petroselinum sativum and Petroselinum vulgare.
Parsley is the abbreviated form of Apium petroselinum, and is a common name to many umbelliferous plants, but the garden Parsley is the one meant here.
Parsley, or petroselinum, although not to have scientific success, is supposed to act as a birth control when inserted into the vagina for twenty-four hours.