- an herb, Anthriscus cerefolium, of the parsley family, having aromatic leaves used to flavor soups, salads, etc.
- any of several other plants of the same genus or allied genera.
Origin of chervil
before 900; Middle English chervelle, Old English cerfelle < Latin chaerephylla, plural of chaerephyllum < Greek chairéphyllon, equivalent to chaîre hail (greeting) + phýllon leaf
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Examples from the Web for chervil
Finish with a salad of frisee, chives, parsley, tarragon and chervil lightly dressed with the vinaigrette.Fresh Picks
February 10, 2011
A spoonful of either shalot, parsley, or chervil will vary this dish.Soyer's Culinary Campaign
Chop up the chervil, adding to it half a dessert-spoonful of cornflour.
A sprig of chervil is to be placed at each end of the fillet.
Sprinkle with chopped parsley, chervil, tarragon, and the juice of a lemon.The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book
Mr. Chervil was a London solicitor, and knew very little about Sir Tom.Sir Tom
- an aromatic umbelliferous Eurasian plant, Anthriscus cerefolium, with small white flowers and aniseed-flavoured leaves used as herbs in soups and salads
- bur chervil a similar and related plant, Anthriscus caucalis
- a related plant, Chaerophyllum temulentum, having a hairy purple-spotted stem
Old English cerfelle, from Latin caerephylla, plural of caerephyllum chervil, from Greek khairephullon, from khairein to enjoy + phullon leaf
Word Origin and History for chervil
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