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[pahr-slee] /ˈpɑr sli/
an herb, Pertoselinum crispum, native to the Mediterranean, having either curled leaf clusters (French parsley) or flat compound leaves (Italian parsley) widely cultivated for use in garnishing or seasoning food.
Compare parsley family.
the leaves of this plant, used to garnish or season food.
any of certain allied or similar plants.
Also, parslied, parsleyed. cooked or garnished with parsley:
parsley potatoes.
Origin of parsley
before 1000; Middle English persely, blend of Old English petersilie and Old French persil; both < Late Latin *petrosilium, alteration of Latin petroselīnum < Greek petrosélīnon rock-parsley. See petro-1, celery
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parsleylike, adjective Unabridged
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  • Make the white sauce, heat the chicken in it and fill the patties at the last moment; put a bit of parsley on top of each one.

    The Fun of Cooking Caroline French Benton
  • Otherwise with parsley, white Ginger, and tosted bread with Vineger.

  • Garnish plate with slices of lemon and tomato sprinkled with chopped parsley or with a leaf of parsley or spinach on each.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • Separate the flowerets, mix with the parsley, chives and dressing.

    The Cauliflower A. A. Crozier
  • Pour a little matre d'htel sauce on top, and garnish with parsley in branches and quartered lemons.

British Dictionary definitions for parsley


a S European umbelliferous plant, Petroselinum crispum, widely cultivated for its curled aromatic leaves, which are used in cooking
any of various similar and related plants, such as fool's-parsley, stone parsley, and cow parsley
Word Origin
C14 persely, from Old English petersilie + Old French persil, peresil, both ultimately from Latin petroselīnum rock parsley, from Greek petroselinon, from petra rock + selinon parsley
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Word Origin and History for parsley

14c. merger of Old English petersilie and Old French peresil (13c., Modern French persil), both from Medieval Latin petrosilium, from Latin petroselinum, from Greek petroselinon "rock-parsley," from petros "rock, stone" + selinon "celery" (see celery).

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